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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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The 5-Minute Difference: The grade-boosting power of the micro study session

Are you a college student who is constantly saying to themselves “There are not enough hours in the day!”? Well, I have good news and bad news. I’ll start with the bad news because I like to end on a positive note. The bad news is that there (very, very likely) will never be more hours in the day. But the good news? It is possible for you to make the most of the time you DO have – starting with a micro study session!

If you’re thinking it’s impossible to study in periods of 5 minutes, I’m here to share with you that it really can be done, as long as it’s being done efficiently and effectively. Read more

The 5 best workout routines that won’t break the bank

Even though I’m not a college student anymore, I still completely know what it’s like to be on a budget (I still am!) However, I still think it’s important to take care of myself and workout. And if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking “Yes, I want to be active and in shape, but how can I do it without paying an arm and a leg?”

It's possible to workout without spending too much. (Credit: The IVA People)

It’s possible to workout without spending too much. (Credit: The IVA People)

Well, I have some ideas for you. Time to share 5 of the best workout routines that are effective, yet inexpensive. Read more

Have you heard the best commencement speeches of 2015?

After all of the hard work and sacrifice that you’ve put in to earn your degree, there is just one more hurdle remaining – the commencement ceremony. Even the best commencement speeches can seem to go on forever. And it’s hard for the average college student to sit and listen to all the good advice being dispensed about life and career moves.

Stephen Colbert shares his commencement speech with Wake Forest University grads. (Credit: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Stephen Colbert shares his commencement speech with Wake Forest University grads. (Credit: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, some colleges have managed to snag some wise and entertaining speakers this year. So, without further ado, here are a few of the best quotes from commencement speeches in 2015. Read more

Need Cash for Spring Break? Enter the CengageBrain Refer & Earn MindTap March Referral Contest!

Are you a financially strapped college student who is in need of some extra cash? Looking for an easy opportunity to make a few hundred dollars this spring?

Then join the CengageBrain Refer & Earn program, where you have the chance to win a $200 bonus each week in March! Read more

This week only buy any eChapter, get the 1st eChapter free at CengageBrain.com!

Getting into the spirit of a new school year is never an easy feat, especially when it seems like your summer vacation just started. Or maybe you’re absolutely ecstatic about the upcoming school year and are already thinking about what you need to ensure yourself a successful semester!

Whatever the case may be for you, keep in mind that CengageBrain.com is always here for your textbook, eBook, rental and study tool needs. And if you’re looking for a great deal on those back-to-school necessities, you’ve come to the right place. Read more

Changing school demographics: More working college students enrolling

Not long ago, the typical college student was under age 25, single and without children. The college years meant dorm living, new freedoms and transitioning to life without the constant presence of parents. Getting a degree was possible in four years because students focused mainly on their coursework. Although many held part-time jobs and participated in social events, these took second place to getting a degree.

Changing school demographics show the typical student is more than likely to be over age 25, have a family and be a working college student. These nontraditional students looking at college enrollment, whose ranks include stay-at-home moms, military personnel, retirees and veterans, have different needs than the conventional college student, and their growing influence is changing how many colleges operate. Read more