You’re studying the wrong way: Here’s why

What may work for your best friend, roommate or fellow classmates may not work for you when it comes to studying. I don’t know about you, but I personally cannot study in a library! It may sound crazy, but I always become distracted – listening/singing to iTunes, chatting it up with people I know, browsing Twitter, Instagram, etc….the list goes on and on.

While I like to accompany my friends to the library, I’ve realized that I need to say “no” when the offer is extended if I want to get in an effective study session. Getting good grades in college is super important for your future so now is as good a time as any to figure out how you’re studying wrong and what you should do about it before it’s too late. Read more

DIY furniture projects and decorating ideas for college students

Whether it’s your dorm room or your first apartment you’ll want it to reflect your style. But if you’re like me, your imagination is limited by your budget. That’s where design ideas for DIY furniture projects can come in handy. With a few basic tools, supplies and plans, you can create all sorts of affordable DIY furniture projects that will make a fashion statement without straining your finances.

Create your furniture design for a unique look. (Credit: DIY and Crafts)

Create your furniture design for a unique look. (Credit: DIY and Crafts)

Take for example pallet projects that utilize the basic wodden pallet to create all sorts of shelves, tables and chairs. Let’s take a look at what college students can do with a bit of elbow grease and ingenuity. Read more

Join the SCA this MLK Day and volunteer in your community!

Does your New Year’s resolution include finding ways to give back to your community? If so, this is a perfect opportunity for you! This month, join the hundreds of Student Conservation Association (SCA) volunteers who will come together to pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Find out how you can help your community on MLK Day. (Credit: The SCA)

Find out how you can help your community on MLK Day. (Credit: The SCA)

Check out the opportunities available so you can give back to the public lands in your area on MLK Day. Read more

10 ways to manage time when studying for exams

So you just got through the first semester and you’re onto second semester – congrats! If you’re a freshman and still have not figured out the best way to manage your time, maybe now is the time to do so. And if you’re an upperclassman and still have no idea how to best manage time then now is a REALLY good time to take care of that.

What ideas do you have on how to manage time? (Credit: Pexels)

What ideas do you have on how to manage time? (Credit: Pexels)

It’s important to know how to manage your time so you get those top grades. To help you on your way, here’s a top ten list of hints for staying on track as you get down to business. Read more

Pledge your birthday to charity: water

I don’t know about you, but oftentimes I have no idea what I want for my birthday. However, charity: water now allows me to pledge my birthday to them.

Bring clean water to the world for your next birthday. (Credit: charity: water)

Bring clean water to the world for your next birthday. (Credit: charity: water)

So if you’re thinking you’d like to do a good deed for your next birthday, let charity: water be the recipient. Learn more about how you can help here. Read more

How to stretch your college budget

You think you already know the answer to this question on how to maintain a solid college budget (old, leftover pizza and ramen, duh). In all seriousness, you and I both know everyone gets sick of that same old eating routine after a few days! Why feel like you must deprive yourself of the good things in life in order to save a few bucks here and there?

Sure, pizza is delicious – especially leftovers the following day! – but give it another day, or two or three, and you’re DONE. Let’s discuss some other ways on how you can stretch your college budget and get more of what you want. Read more

Pat Tillman Foundation awarded grant to support U.S. veterans initiatives

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation board of directors announced three new grants to support initiatives that assist U.S. veterans.

New grant supports U.S. veterans. (Credit: Pat Tillman Foundation)

New grant supports U.S. veterans. (Credit: Pat Tillman Foundation)

One of these grants has been awarded to the Pat Tillman Foundation and aims to fund multiple programs serving U.S. veterans and help assist in their educational pursuits and efforts to readjust to civilian life. Read more

7 most viewed CengageBrain blog posts of 2015

Happy 2016! Another year has come and gone so we thought we’d look back on the past year and share with you the most viewed blog posts.

Take a look at our list below, which goes in countdown form (only fitting for New Years, right?), and check out the blog posts yourself if you haven’t already done so! Read more

8 college tips for surviving the second semester

Like other college students, I got over the fear of my very first semester and looked forward to my second. Even after a few years, the second semester always felt easier to approach.

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

I created my own do-it-yourself guide for surviving (and flourishing) in the second semester. Here are some college tips for the second semester. Read more

Semester at Sea: pros and cons

Semester at Sea is a study abroad program that offers college students a trip around the world onboard a cruise ship with stops at various cities for day-long off-ship travel and learning opportunities. Run by the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE), the program is sponsored by the University of Virginia.

Find out if a semester at sea is right for you. (Credit: Carly Jurach. Property of SAS/ISE)

Find out if a semester at sea is right for you. (Credit: Carly Jurach. Property of SAS/ISE)

The sea semester programs run for the fall and spring semesters, each lasting about three months. Semester at Sea has attracted controversies in some high-profile cases of negligence and wrongful death. Here are some pros and cons of Semester at Sea. Read more