Recent research has questioned how prepared college athletes are in higher ed academics.
The revelation by University of North Carolina (UNC) whistleblower Mary Willingham that some college athletes read at a grade school level has received much attention. Willingham was a learning specialist in the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes at UNC. After conducting research on the literacy levels of athletes, she discovered that of 183 athletes in revenue-generating sports admitted to UNC between 2004 and 2012, 8-10 percent were reading below a third-grade level, about 60 percent were reading between the fourth- and eighth-grade levels. She also discovered that a tutor had written a paper for a football player. UNC has disavowed her, discredited her research, refused to conduct further investigation and suspended her research. Willingham has also received death threats. Continue reading
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As college students begin their Spring 2014 semester, we at CengageBrain.com can’t help but wonder whether students have decided to take the digital route with their textbooks or have opted to stick with good old fashioned print textbooks. In case you’re still deciding, we have some great reasons why it would be best for you to stick to the traditional print textbook.
Discounted print textbooks
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For a limited time (1/24/2014 – 1/31/2014) students can receive 10% off print textbooks when you use the coupon code TEXTBOOK10 at CengageBrain.com. Trust me when I say you will be extremely glad you stuck to print textbooks when your device suddenly decides to crash the night before an important exam – naturally, smack dab in the middle of while you’re re-reading the chapter you’ll be tested on. Continue reading
With the right mindset, you’ll easily get through your break up.
Dating is hard. But dating in college is a whole other ball of wax. It can be challenging enough to move beyond a past relationship, but coping with a break up, where you are likely to run into the ex in the dorm or simply walking to class, takes the process to the next level. But you can deal with a break up if you are the dumper or the dumpee with grace and class, all without having to transfer to another college. Here’s how.
It was awesome while it lasted—your college relationship, that is. But now that the romance has ended, recovering from the heartbreak may be proving a bit challenging. Continue reading
While receiving a college degree will help provide numerous opportunities for your future in the workforce, it can be a costly item that doesn’t come easy. Sure, student loans can help alleviate the pain of college costs…for now. But down the road you’ll be required to pay back those loans, and the odds of you winning the Powerball and paying those loans off right away are few and slim.
In “What’s the Price Tag for a College Education?” according to the College Board, “the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 school year was $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,203 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.” There is no signs pointing to a potential deduction in those costs in the future either. Here is where The Top Teaching Assistant (TA) Scholarships by CengageBrain comes in. Continue reading
It can be hard to get moving during Winter, but we believe you can do it!
Spring semester has started—you’re half way finished with the year! Congratulations! So why are you not excited? Maybe you’re even having trouble leaving that warm, cozy bed to brave the cold and make it to class on time. Wintertime can cause many of us to feel a little depressed. How to beat the winter blues, keep your grades up and make it to spring break and beyond? Here are some easy, breezy DIY tips for college students on making it through the cold, dark winter months.
Why you feel down
There are a multitude of reasons you may be feeling less than perky after the holidays. College can be challenging after all, and the initial excitement you felt in the fall may have worn off. In “How to handle the college winter blues,” posted on January 25, 2012, for U.S. News & World Report, Kelci Lynn Lucier offered tips for beating the blues. Continue reading
If you’re going to use someone else’s work, always remember to cite the source. (Credit: Dahn)
Many a student facing a deadline has thought about buying their term paper from a custom writing service, also known as a paper mill. But what they may not realize is that if they turn in that paper as their own work that they will be plagiarizing or committing an academic crime. When plagiarism is detected then the consequences can be quite costly for the student.
Rate of incidents of plagiarism
Plagiarism, or using other people’s writing and ideas without giving them credit, has increased over the past decade according to Pew Research. Plagiarism.org found that in a survey of more than 63,700 undergraduate students that: Continue reading
Part of a HMRC Self Assessment tax return. (Credit: Images_of_Money)
By the end of January you should have received the paperwork you need for filing your state and federal tax return. Like most starving students you’re probably expecting a tax refund. Do you know all requirements for filing? Tax laws change every year and it can be pretty hard to keep up. Let’s take a look at some of the tax regulations that may apply to college students.
Income forms to look for
If you worked during 2013 you should be receiving a W-2 form that summarizes your wages and tax withheld. Continue reading
Back in December, the Google acquisitions of several robotics companies, including military robotics producer Boston Dynamics, which created “Big Dog” and other YouTube favorite robots, created for the military, made the news to such an extent that even Stephen Colbert got in on the conversation in “Google’s robot acquisition.” Responding to what Google might want with robotics companies like Boston Dynamics, Colbert responded jokingly, “Clearly, to enslave humanity, because that is the only way they can get us to sign up for Google+.” The Internet went wild with jokes about Skynet, the sentient artificial intelligence that wages war on humanity in the “Terminator” franchise. And on January 13, 2014, Google continued with a new branch of acquisitions: it purchased Nest Labs, a company that makes Internet connected smoke alarms and thermostats in “smart homes.” Continue reading
When it comes to college courses, there is one item that students might not be able to live without: textbooks. The downfall is that each of your books weighs almost 5 pounds! While you might get a great workout carrying them across campus, it becomes a tiring process over time.
The great news is that one major shift that has come during the 21st century is the use of electronics to find the information we’re searching for. Its quick and easy usage has become the norm, and if you haven’t jumped on the tech train yet, this is your perfect opportunity to do so.
Savings for students
If you’re looking to save some money on your school supplies this semester, look no further than the deals that CengageBrain.com is offering you. To get five dollars off your purchase of fifty dollars or more of textbooks, eBooks and study tools, use coupon code 5OFF50 at CengageBrain.com. Continue reading