How college students can improve their credit score

I know that having a good credit score is probably the last thing that most college students want to be thinking about. You’ve got finals and roommate issues and student loans to worry about, finance topics can wait, right?

Find out how you can improve your credit score. (Credit: US Credit Card Guide)

Find out how you can improve your credit score. (Credit: US Credit Card Guide)

But unfortunately they really can’t. So read on for the things you need to know about how to improve your credit score. Read more

Top 5 job interview tips

Being in college doesn’t only equate to studying for exams and writing research papers, but also preparing you for life in the real world once you graduate. Whether it’s for an internship or a job post-graduation, you will SOON need to be ready for a job interview.

Ace your job interview with our top tips. (Credit: The Balance)

Ace your job interview with our top tips. (Credit: The Balance)

Here we offer five of our top interview tips to help you get the internship or job of your dreams. Read more

Top 5 CengageBrain blog posts for 2016

Happy New Year, college students! While another year has passed, we decided to take a little trip down memory lane and share the most read blog posts for 2016.

Check out our countdown below to see which post you enjoyed the most over the year, too. Read more

How high school Senioritis affects GPA and college admission

“Senioritis” is an affliction that hits high school seniors during their second semester. They assume that since colleges have already accepted or rejected them in the spring, the colleges won’t know or care what grades they got in their second semester of senior year.

Learn how to combat senioritis next semester. (Credit: joy-Q)

Learn how to combat senioritis next semester. (Credit: joy-Q)

However, college admissions do want their entire high school transcript, and if they slack off on college requirements, they might not get in. Read more

5 ways second semester freshman year is better

You’ve survived your first semester of college as a freshman and even came back for the second semester! You’ve learned some valuable survival techniques to navigate your academics and dorm life.

Find out the many ways second semester is better than the first. (Credit: Odyssey)

Find out the many ways second semester is better than the first. (Credit: Odyssey)

But everyone says that the spring semester of freshman year is so much better than the first. Here are some college tips for making your best college semester your second semester. Read more

Overcoming the ‘F’: What to do after you get a bad grade

Despite your current panic, getting a bad grade is not the end of the world. You’ve been given an opportunity to learn and grow. Although this is not ideal, you are still on a path to discovery.

Don't fret, it's not the end of the world if you get a bad grade. (Credit: AEI)

Don’t fret, it’s not the end of the world if you get a bad grade. (Credit: AEI)

The way you will respond to this challenge can help your personal and academic development. Here are your next steps. Read more

6 New Year’s resolution ideas for college students

Like other people this time of year, college students are making their New Year’s resolutions for improving college life and academics and for setting goals for the New Year.

What resolution ideas do you have for 2017? (Credit: Happy New Year SMS)

What resolution ideas do you have for 2017? (Credit: Happy New Year SMS)

Here’s are DIY suggestions for making changes for a new year. Read more

Best ways to use (or not use) social media

I don’t know about you, but lately I find that I spend way too much time on social media. That would be okay if it helped me in school, starting a career or to get a job, but it’s mostly recipes and cat videos. At least I’m not hooked on games like Pokémon GO, I tell myself.

Take advantage of social media to help with your future career. (Credit: Jumpshot)

Take advantage of social media to help with your future career. (Credit: Jumpshot)

Is social media all a waste or is it helpful, too? I think that depends on how you use it. Read more

7 ways to cultivate the art of happiness

Are you one of those people who just naturally exudes authentic happiness? I don’t know about you but I tend to be one of those people who could use a course in the art of happiness. Fortunately, there is a positive psychology movement that has been doing research to learn about what makes people happy.

It is always a good time to discover the art of happiness. (Credit: Entrepreneur)

It is always a good time to discover the art of happiness. (Credit: Entrepreneur)

One of the leaders of this movement is Martin Seligman who believes that we can learn to be happier. What are the benefits? Let’s take a look. Read more

Student loan debt: 5 common mistakes college students make

As an undergrad, I relied on loans to help me pay for my education. If you are a college student you probably have some amount of student loan debt facing you after graduation—hopefully less than I did! Handling that so it doesn’t affect your financial security for the rest of your life is obviously not something you want to obsess about, but odds are strong that you are anyway.

Have you made any student loan debt mistakes? (Credit: WSJ)

Have you made any student loan debt mistakes? (Credit: WSJ)

Read on for how to avoid some of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to handling their student loan debt. Read more