5 smart study habits you need to adopt now

One huge difference I noticed during my transition from high school to college is how much studying is involved. In high school everything used to come so much easier, then I got to college and realized I’d need more than just my class notes and textbook to be truly prepared. I realized that studying in college is actually something takes real time and effort.

I needed extra resources to help prepare me for each exam. Below are five smart study habits I picked up during college that are sure to help you excel in academics. Read more

Activate now to get an edge on the upcoming school year!

I’m sure–like me–you keep saying over and over in your head, “Where on earth did this summer go?!” But I’m here to tell you that the new school year is here! Get a head start on the semester and activate your Cengage Learning digital tools NOW. Trust me, there are some really powerful online study tools that will help you make the grades, save time and avoid stress over the next several months.

So take control of your assignments, class materials and time from the start. Activate your digital tools as soon as possible.  Read more

Three reasons instant access will make a difference for you

Like many people in this day and age, I enjoy all of life’s readily available conveniences – mostly because I’m one of the most impatient people I know. Having instant access to my textbooks and digital learning solutions tops that list.

So what makes instant access so great? Here we offer three reasons why instant access will make a difference for you with your college education. Read more

Improve first impressions based on new science

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. As clichés go, that one is right up there with my personal favorite: When you assume you make an ‘ass’ of ‘u’ and ‘me.’ But unfortunately first impressions are important, and how new people react to the nonverbal cues you give out can affect what they think of you in the long term.

Learn how you can improve first impressions. (Credit: i9 Sports)

Learn how you can improve first impressions. (Credit: i9 Sports)

There have always been life hacks that can improve how you are perceived when meeting someone, but new science has even more help to offer. Read more

College apps to stay organized

I use apps to keep all my appointments and to-do lists in one place, and many are useful for making a college schedule or keeping track of classes and homework. From studying, taking notes, storing information, sharing information, scheduling events and organizing college life, apps for college students are abundant and essential for staying organized.

What method helps you stay organized? (Credit: oohlala)

What method helps you stay organized? (Credit: oohlala)

Try out a bunch of college apps to see what works best for you to get organized. Read more

Getting organized and getting the grade: The hidden connection

One thing I notice in many college students is how they sometimes just don’t know how to balance out their hectic lives. Does this sound familiar to you? As an insanely organized person, I feel it is my personal responsibility to help shed some light on how much easier your life can be by being organized – in fact, it can even help you get good grades!

Make the most out of your college experience with our tips on how being organized and getting good grades are intertwined. Read more

What was showcased at VidCon 2015? Find out here!

You know what a big deal digital video is. You also know how important a social platform like YouTube is to digital video. Finally, you probably know about VidCon, a conference devoted to all things digital video.

Find out what you missed at VidCon 2015. (Credit: VidCon.com)

Find out what you missed at VidCon 2015. (Credit: VidCon.com)

Odds are your parents and anyone born before the 1990s has no idea. And boy, are they missing out. But Facebook may soon be changing all of that. Read more

When should you really order those textbooks? Tips so you don’t waste time or pizza money

It seems like there are typically two types of students: the planners and the procrastinators. When it comes to ordering your textbooks, is it better to be one of these over the other? Not necessarily. Everyone can win in this case, and we’ll explain how.

Here we offer you some tips on how you can save time and not pay an arm and a leg for your textbooks. Read more

A guide to an amazing college experience

As a senior who’s graduating this year, I’ve begun to reflect on my college experience. Looking back at it all, I don’t regret anything. Everything that happened has taught me something. It has allowed me to become the person I am. Even though I don’t regret anything, I wish I didn’t always have to learn the hard way.

I’d like to save you from making the same mistakes I did. Below is a list of everything I wish I knew coming into freshman year: Read more

5 easy ways to increase work ethic and stay motivated

There are many things you’ll need to know for college, and it’s getting increasingly difficult to stay motivated with all of the distractions that life has to offer.

Wise words to remind yourself of to stay motivated. (Credit: sumit4all.com)

Wise words to remind yourself of to stay motivated. (Credit: sumit4all.com)

If you want to prove to yourself that you can focus your mind and complete your to do list, read on for ways to stay motivated and maintain, or increase, your work ethic. Read more