A guide to an amazing college experience

As a senior who’s graduating this year, I’ve begun to reflect on my college experience. Looking back at it all, I don’t regret anything. Everything that happened has taught me something. It has allowed me to become the person I am. Even though I don’t regret anything, I wish I didn’t always have to learn the hard way.

I’d like to save you from making the same mistakes I did. Below is a list of everything I wish I knew coming into freshman year: Read more

5 easy ways to increase work ethic and stay motivated

There are many things you’ll need to know for college, and it’s getting increasingly difficult to stay motivated with all of the distractions that life has to offer.

Wise words to remind yourself of to stay motivated. (Credit: sumit4all.com)

Wise words to remind yourself of to stay motivated. (Credit: sumit4all.com)

If you want to prove to yourself that you can focus your mind and complete your to do list, read on for ways to stay motivated and maintain, or increase, your work ethic. Read more

What’s your personal learning style? And what it says about you!

When it comes to a person’s college education, one size definitely does not fit all. Each person has their own way of learning materials, and the preferred style guides the way you learn, the way you recall information and the words you choose. One thing we can all agree on though: digital learning gives you the customizable tools you need to stay on top of everything and learn the way you learn best.

So which learning style works best for you? Let’s explore the options. Read more

Why you should log into MindTap

I’m guessing you already know how digital learning solutions help improve your grades, but now there’s proof that it works – MindTap in particular! Below is an infographic with an overview of how MindTap is important in your college education.


Through the surveys, users of MindTap shared how they benefitted from the program in their study habits and success. You’ll also see other fun facts about current college students, including their digital habits, why earning a college degree is so important, and more!

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Take the guesswork out of getting the right materials for your classes

Ordering class materials shouldn’t be rocket science (Unless you’re studying aerospace engineering… then it totally is). But let’s face it, there are more than a few options available these days for all of those textbooks you’re going to need this fall. There are times when the whole process becomes overwhelming… But before going down the same route you did last semester: borrowing, sharing with your roommate, or putting it off entirely and opting for a nap, consider CengageBrain.

With CengageBrain, getting the right materials is not only fast but easy, too. Get it right the first time and go to the head of the class with the right digital tools and books for your class AND your budget. It all begins at CengageBrain – find out more here. Read more

Best astronomy apps for stargazing over summer break

It’s summer break, and you see a flash across the sky. A shooting star! But what if you’re not satisfied with just wishing? I love being able to identify exactly what I’m looking at in the summer sky, and I’ve always wanted to catch the Perseid Meteor Shower, an annual August astronomical event, as it happens. I’m determined to make this year my year.

Use one of many astronomy apps to view astronomical events including the Perseid Meteor Shower. (Credit: Kim MyoungSung)

Use one of many astronomy apps to view astronomical events including the Perseid Meteor Shower. (Credit: Kim MyoungSung)

A few weeks ago I found out that my alma mater now has an astronomy club on campus, but without access to an observatory or even a quality telescope, I’m going to have to rely on the best astronomy apps I can find for my phone. Here’s my advice for doing some amateur astronomy over your summer break. Read more

Must haves to make your dorm room great

The dorm room is a complicated space. First of all it isn’t big. Second you have to share it with a stranger. Third, did I mention it is small? But there are some tips and tricks you can use to make the most of your space.

Before and after of a newly decorated dorm room. (Credit: Pinterest)

Before and after of a newly decorated dorm room. (Credit: Pinterest)

Starting with some life hacks to help you determine dorm room must haves and what things are better left at home. Read more

Top 5 ways to save $100 this semester: Try them all and save up to $500

Everyone has heard the old axiom about two things in life being constant, death and taxes, right? Well I’d like to add a third constant to the mix, during college your budget is going to be tight. I’m talking about “living off of nothing but grocery store samples and ramen noodles for 6 weeks tight.” That kind of tight. I’m sure you can agree.

So I’d like to bestow some money-saving tips upon you to make it through. Tips that your GPA will thank you for, your social life will thank you for and most importantly your budget will thank you for! Here are 5 ways that you can save $100 this semester – or maybe more! Read more

How to keep in touch with friends

The unfortunate reality in life is that you will come to a point where you are no longer minutes away from your friends. BUT DON’T WORRY! This doesn’t mean you’ll never hear or see from them again.

There are so many ways to keep in touch so you won’t miss a thing. Read more

Buy or rent? Digital or print? How to determine the best option for you

When you officially become a college student there’s a certain sense of independence you gain the moment you step foot on campus. You are forced to make decisions for yourself without the help of mom or dad, which of course has its pros and cons. You suddenly have so many options to choose from – including whether you should buy or rent your textbooks or use digital or print textbooks.

How will you ever decide? No need to sweat it when you have CengageBrain to help. Below we offer you some tips on how to find the right option for every student and every budget.

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