2016 presidential election: Who will we see on the ballot?

I always tell myself that this will be the year that I really do my research before heading to my polling station to vote in the presidential election. If you’re like me, you wait until the last minute to do any sort of research on the presidential candidates and you head to your voting location feeling uninformed.

While it may seem early, election season has already begun. (Credit: MemeCenter)

While it may seem early, election season has already begun. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Here’s an early look at who we can expect to see on the ballot for the 2016 presidential election. Read more

Funny April Fool’s pranks for college students

College students love funny April Fool’s pranks perpetrated on their friends, classmates and teachers.

April  Fool's pranks can  be fun to a certain extent. (Credit: someecards.com)

April Fool’s pranks can be fun to a certain extent. (Credit: someecards.com)

Here are some classic April Fool’s jokes that have gone viral, plus some dorm room ideas for pranks you can do yourself. Read more

How to make the most of your college experience

For college students, the four years you spend on campus are about getting an education that will set your future path. But there is also so much more to the college experience, including many things to do during that time that will enable you to make the most of the time you spend on campus.

One sign that it's time to make the most of your college experience. (Credit: Yellow Brick Road)

One sign that it’s time to make the most of your college experience. (Credit: Yellow Brick Road)

From the fun you should accomplish by the end of freshman year to how to get serious about exam prep, read on for all the tips you need to make the most of your college experience. Read more

Attend grad school or get a job? Answers for college students

Graduation day is coming for all college students (hopefully!). And when it does, will you be hitting the pavement to get a job, or will you be checking out the advanced degree opportunities to be had in grad school?

There are more reasons to attend grad school. Read on for more. (Credit: someecards.com)

There are more reasons to attend grad school. Read on for more. (Credit: someecards.com)

Need some help deciding which choice is right for you? Read on. Read more

The truth about unpaid internships

For college students, getting an internship is one more step toward a career. Prospective employers like to see internships on resumes, and internships provide real work experience that adds to your academics and helps you be prepared for a career path after graduation.

Learn more about unpaid internships. (Credit: University Times)

Learn more about unpaid internships. (Credit: University Times)

But when considering your prospects of getting a job offer, there is a significant difference between paid and unpaid internships. Read more

Ed O’Bannon vs. NCAA — Should college athletes be paid?

For the NCAA there is more than just March Madness going on right now; the organization currently is in court, hoping to overturn last August’s ruling from the U.S. District Court in Oakland, California, regarding payment for college athletes.

Should athletes receive a stipend from the NCAA? (Credit: Danielle Grossman)

Should athletes receive a stipend from the NCAA? (Credit: Danielle Grossman)

Former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon is behind the court case, which received even more attention when it became the focus of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” on Sunday, March 15. What will happen during the appeal, and how will any decision affect the billion-dollar industry that is the NCAA? Read more

Want $100? Tell us why college students should be On Tap with MindTap

There’s a chance that when you started your semester, one of your college instructors mentioned MindTap to you. Maybe? Not sure? Whether or not you have heard about MindTap from a friend, classmate or instructor, we at CengageBrain believe this is one of those pieces of “must know” advice that will truly benefit you during your academic college career.

Now is your chance to share with us how MindTap changed your learning experience for the better for your chance at a $100 gift card! Find out how to enter as well as explore what MindTap is and how it can be of value to you. Read more

College hacks: How to survive group projects

You can hear it in the walls of past students, and smell it lingering in the classroom; group projects are everywhere in college, and we all dread them!

Don’t be that guy, survive college group projects with these tips. (Credit: Pinterest)

Don’t be that guy, survive college group projects with these tips. (Credit: Pinterest)

They’re not going away any time soon so you might as well suck it up and learn these college hacks on how to survive group projects, because they really are good practice for the workplace! Read more

DIY electronics projects for college students

If you like to tinker with do-it-yourself projects then you might be a member of the maker movement. This community of electronics aficionados takes pleasure in various DIY electronics projects that are created from simple electronics circuits. Some of the electronics maker projects include robots, wireless cameras, toys and 3-D printing.

It's easier than you think to come up with DIY electronics projects. (Credit: MemeGen)

It’s easier than you think to come up with DIY electronics projects. (Credit: MemeGen)

Tools that were created specifically to help college students learn how to use electronics include Arduino software and the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. Let’s take a look at how you can get started with your DIY electronics projects. Read more

Congratulations 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest Winners!

Last month we began a search for a group of students, who were willing to spend their spring break serving those in need. Students who were looking to utilize their leadership skills to make an impact in the community for our annual CengageBrain Alternative Spring Break Contest.

Winners of the 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest by CengageBrain. (Credit: AB Damar)

Winners of the 2015 Alternative Spring Break Contest by CengageBrain. (Credit: AB Damar)

Our search has ended with immense success! We at CengageBrain are proud to announce that the Alternative Breaks Damar group at the University of California, San Diego have been awarded the 2015 CengageBrain Leadership in Service Award. Joie Fan, Zenas Singh, Xuyao (Sunny) Jiang, Alma Montenegro and Connie Ruan will receive $2,500 towards funding their alternative spring break project. Read more