Deciding on cell phones? Take a look at Apple iPhone 6, LG G3 or old school vintage

Forget high resolution and larger digital displays. Some folks are spending good money for old school vintage cell phones. Already connected to the world by tablets, laptops and other devices, there’s a trend of consumers opting to go back to the good old days, when phones could take a beating and go through the wash without a screen shattering or an SD card needing to be replaced.

There are many things to consider when looking into new cell phones. (Credit: Quick Meme)

There are many things to consider when looking into new cell phones. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Of course, that’s not the direction everyone is heading: plenty of people are excited about the newest rumors about the Apple iPhone 6 and are clamoring for the new, super high resolution display on the LG G3. What type of phone should you be checking out? Take a look at the latest tech trends in cell phones. Continue reading

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Who wins the smart home wars, Apple or Google?

Looking for a little more technology in your life… and home? You may soon get your wish, as Google and Apple are said to be announcing their respective forays into smart home technology. What is smart home technology or home automation?

The latest smart home technology will amaze you. (Credit: Meme Generator)

The latest smart home technology will amaze you. (Credit: Meme Generator)

For now, each tech giant plans to give home owners control of their security systems, lighting and even appliances through their smartphones or tablets. Could this be the start of Jetson-like homes that do all the work for us—from turning on the lights when we enter to having dinner on the table when we get home? Continue reading

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Earn $250 per month in Cengage Learning’s 21 Voices research program!

Do you ever feel that, as a college student, your voice is not heard? That schools and companies care more about their own interests than yours? If so, this is a great chance for you to change that by applying for Cengage Learning’s 21 Voices research program!

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What is 21 Voices?

You’re probably wondering what 21 Voices is. Continue reading

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5 smart questions you must ask during your job interview

This is the time of year when college students are off to an internship, summer job or a new career after graduation. At your job interview you’ll hear frequently asked questions about the job requirements and about your qualifications. But often the most terrifying question is, “Do you have any questions for me?”

There are some questions that you might not want to ask during an interview. (Credit: imgarcade)

There are some questions that you might not want to ask during an interview. (Credit: imgarcade)

It’s easy to think that the interview process is all about the prospective employer getting to know you. But when they want to know what questions you have for them, you need to sound intelligent, knowledgeable about the company and interested in the job. The worst thing you can do is say, “No.” You are a new business professional in the working world, so the job interview questions you ask need to reveal your personality, knowledge of the company and ability to succeed in the job. Continue reading

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How you can throw the best BBQ ever

In “BBQ tips and tricksHow to plan a cookout,” Ginny Gaylor here at the CengageBrainiac blog wrote on May 20, 2013, all about how to plan your cookout. “Nothing says fun quite like firing up the grill,” she noted, before giving tips on how to be a good host and what to do to prep your grill.

Throw a summer BBQ so you can show off your grilling skills. (Credit: Kristen)

Throw a summer BBQ so you can show off your grilling skills. (Credit: Kristen)

If you need BBQ ideas on organizing a grilling event on campus, check out that article, and then return for a look at a good BBQ menu for college students, including vegetarian BBQ ideas and some tips on BBQ safety. Continue reading

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DIY crafts for your dorm room or apartment!

If you’re like me and you like having a crafty project to keep yourself busy between semesters or on breaks, you’ll love these easy DIY crafts for your dorm room or apartment!

DIY crafts help create a more relaxing environment in your dorm room or apartment. (Credit: Margherita Massima)

DIY crafts help create a more relaxing environment in your dorm room or apartment. (Credit: Margherita Massima)

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an art major or champion with the sewing machine to tackle these crafts. You just need a few materials, some friends to join in, and a little imagination! If you’re on campus, here are some college dorm room ideas for you; and if you’re in off campus housing, this easy DIY décor might be just what you need. Continue reading

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Is it too late to land summer internships for college students?

Classes are out and you have a couple of months to fill until life in the dorms resumes. A job would be great, but an internship (whether paid or unpaid) to gain experience would be even better in terms of your long-term future.

Internships are great opportunities to develop your career skills. (Credit: IMDB)

Internships are great opportunities to develop your career skills. (Credit: IMDB)

Need some tips for finding a career-furthering internship during summer break? How about a list of the best, most interesting internship opportunities out there? Finally, is it too late to land summer internships for college students? Read on for answers to all your questions. Continue reading

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Vote for the best “Instructor for a Day” video

Students were asked to submit a short video to YouTube that answers the question, “How would you engage your students?” if they were the instructor for a day. By creating a one- to two-minute video, students showed us what they would do to get fellow students engaged and involved in the learning process — and, boy, did they show us their creativity skills!

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The results are in…it’s time to vote for your favorite!

We received over one hundred entries, and narrowed the field to 10 student finalists! Visit Cengage Learning’s Instructor for a Day homepage to view the 10 finalists’ videos. The video with the most votes will receive a $1000 scholarship, and 5 runners-up will receive $500 each.

What to look for when voting

A panel of independent judges factored in the following criteria when selecting the finalists. You may also want to keep these criteria in mind when voting:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Overall appeal
  • Quality and completeness of answer to “How would you engage students?”
  • Creativity
  • Memorability
  • Audio/visual quality
  • Overall impact

Show your support for these talented students – you can vote up to once per day until voting closes on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

For more information, visit Cengage’s Instructor for a Day contest page.

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How to get through your next group project

Tired of group projects? Whether it’s writing a research paper, a research project or any other assignments where you have to work with others, surviving the experience can be challenging.

How many students feel about a stressful group project. (Credit: Meme Mage)

How many students feel about a stressful group project. (Credit: Meme Mage)

How do you get everyone to do their fair share and do it on time? Why is it that you’re the one who ends up carrying the heavy load? Here are a few tips and ideas on how you can survive and even thrive in your next group project. Continue reading

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Survive senior year by making the most of it

Senior year of college. It’s a big deal and you are probably wigging out about something—from finishing your degree requirements, to leaving your friends, from finding a job, to avoiding senioritis. No matter what you are worried about, you can make the most of your senior year with these college tips for conquering your final semesters.

Make a plan of what you want to accomplish before the end of senior year. (Credit: Cheezburger.com)

Make a plan of what you want to accomplish before the end of senior year. (Credit: Cheezburger.com)

Complete your course work senior year

So what is the most important thing to remember during your senior year of college? Continue reading

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