Keep off the freshman 15: Eat right on campus

The freshman 15. It’s an ominous way to refer to those extra pounds you pack on as you start your college career. But no one is immune to weight gain, and it can be a challenge to eat right on campus.

Good eating habits will help keep the freshman 15 away. (Credit: Daina S Winters)

Good eating habits will help keep the freshman 15 away. (Credit: Daina S Winters)

You canand should!exercise on campus, and you can check out tips from Ginny Gaylor in “DIY workout–how to start an exercise program” or Bessie Mazur in “DIY fitness tips for college students,” both on CengageBrain, to help you get started there. For DIY tips on healthy eating and keeping off the freshman 15, check out these hints, including the benefits of dark chocolate and some quick Greek yogurt nutrition facts. Continue reading

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Use color codes to get organized for college

When the fall semester starts you have to hit the ground running as they say. Anything that can help you get organized will come in handy.

Keep yourself organized by using the color coding system. (Credit: everything-home)

Keep yourself organized by using the color coding system. (Credit: everything-home)

One way to organize your life is by using color codes in your file system, note taking and even in your closet. Let’s look at some ways that you can color code your life. Continue reading

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Low risk of ebola virus for college students says CDC

Going to college means learning all kinds of new things and meeting people from all over the world. You can meet and get to know college students from such exotic areas of the world as Europe, Asia and Africa.

The CDC has reported college students are at low risk for the ebola virus. (Credit: AP Graphics)

The CDC has reported college students are at low risk for the ebola virus. (Credit: AP Graphics)

But the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has lead to questions about the risk of exposure to the ebola virus from students who have come from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the actual risk of contracting the ebola virus is very low. Continue reading

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Tricks to wake up in the morning to make your 8 a.m. class

Summer, that glorious season when you have no classes, the sun stays up late, and you have no reason to wake up early, has come to a close. Now that you’re back on campus, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee (even if it’s just from the cafeteria).

Tricking your brain to wake up early will benefit you long term. (Credit Geoffrey Koester)

Tricking your brain to wake up early will benefit you long term. (Credit Geoffrey Koester)

If you’re having trouble adjusting your sleep cycle to your fall schedule, you may need a life hack or two to “force quit” your old, bad habits, and get yourself out of bed in the morning. Here are some tips and tricks to wake up in the morning. Continue reading

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Take 10% off print textbooks now at CengageBrain.com!

When September rolls around it typically means one thing for college students: time to go back to school! If you’re anything like me you make a to-do list of everything you need to prepare or purchase for the new school year.

The one item that is always included in that list is my college textbooks – a must-have if you enjoy excelling and learning new subjects during your college experience! With the help of CengageBrain, you can be sure you’re getting the best value for your back-to-school needs. Continue reading

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Transferring colleges—Things you need to know

Changed your mind? Switched majors? Need to cut costs? Wanted to get those entry-level courses out of the way? There are a multitude of reasons you may be thinking of transferring from a two-year to a four-year school.

Research based on transferring college students. (Credit: National Student Clearinghouse)

Research based on transferring college students. (Credit: National Student Clearinghouse)

If you are still deciding whether or not switching schools is right for you, here is some insight and tips on the process of transferring colleges, as well as things you need to know as a transfer student. Continue reading

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Expository writing for better research papers

Every college student needs to take expository writing to learn how to write clearly and concisely for an academic audience.

How many college students feel when writing a research paper. (Credit: Memesly.com)

How many college students feel when writing a research paper. (Credit: Memesly.com)

Expository writing provides instruction on writing an essay, research paper or term paper. Here is an overview of expository writing and some writing tips.  Continue reading

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A DIY guide to developing good study habits

Welcome back to campus! You’ve probably already had your first week or two of classes by now, and whether you’re starting your freshman year or you’re a graduating senior, now is the time to start developing good study habits for your semester.

A group of Harvard students study together in a dorm dining hall. (Credit: Tbuckley89)

A group of Harvard students study together in a dorm dining hall. (Credit: Tbuckley89)

While plenty of campuses have tutoring and writing centers to help you organize your schedules and study plans, you can also follow some do it yourself tips. Think it’s better to start with a healthy GPA than to have to improve it at midterms? Then follow this DIY guide to getting the semester off on the right track. Continue reading

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End of summer road trip ideas for college students

Well, the start of a new school year will be here before you know it and with that, college courses will be underway. Why not use the time you have left for an end of summer DIY road trip with your buds?

Plan out your road trip route on a map. (Credit: Marvin Hlavac)

Plan out your road trip route on a map. (Credit: Marvin Hlavac)

Here are some road trip ideas that all college students can appreciate! Continue reading

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Act fast! 10% off eBooks at CengageBrain.com

For your college courses, what is one item that you as a student probably can’t live without? Textbooks! One downfall many students can identify with is that all of those textbooks can really weigh you down. In fact each of your books can weigh up to 5 pounds. Ridiculous, huh? While you might get a great workout carrying them across campus, I imagine it becomes a tiring process after awhile.

The great news is that a major shift is occurring in the textbook industry. This is the age of eBooks! They are quick, they are easy to use, and they are fast becoming the norm, so if you haven’t jumped on the tech train yet, this is your perfect opportunity to do so. Continue reading

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