How to avoid the mumps outbreak on college campuses

Think the mumps is a disease that only people from your grandparent’s generation worried about? Think again! There has been a recent mumps outbreak on multiple college campuses across the country.

Learn how to protect yourself from the mumps. (Credit: Earth Clinic)

Learn how to protect yourself from the mumps. (Credit: Earth Clinic)

The reoccurrence of this contagious disease has caught many off guard. Here’s what you need to know about how to avoid getting sick yourself. Read more

College students—DIY ways to beat the winter blues

Whether you simply prefer the warmer months or you truly suffer from seasonal affective disorder (aka SAD), the winter blues can be a real thing that affects up to one out of four adults, including college students.

Learn how to beat those pesky winter blues. (Credit: WorkStride)

Learn how to beat those pesky winter blues. (Credit: WorkStride)

So if you want to fight back this year, read on for some DIY tips on how to beat the winter blues. 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

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

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

Winter is coming! Life hacks for life on campus

It’s December, and winter is coming! If you live in a place of ice and snow, it’s the time of year to stock up on the types of things that will make life easier on campus. If you live in a suite, how can you make sure your toilet seat isn’t freezing first thing in the morning? Headed to a game and looking for ways to keep your feet warmer?

How do you plan to prepare for winter on your college campus? (Credit: Odyssey)

How do you plan to prepare for winter on your college campus? (Credit: Odyssey)

Worried about that exposed car on campus parking and how you’ll get your car going for that trek home from an evening lab? Check out these life hacks for some get-ready-for-winter tips! Read more

The coffee nap life hack: Fact or fiction?

If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So when I first read about the coffee nap last week, I thought, this is one of those life hacks that’s totally proven false. But is it fact or fiction?

Does the coffee nap work for you? (Credit: Daily Mail)

Does the coffee nap work for you? (Credit: Daily Mail)

The jury is out about whether naps are good for you or whether they just mess up your sleep cycle (two recent CengageBrain posts weigh in with opposite perspectives there!), but it seems that scientists have come to a conclusion about whether or not the coffee nap actually works. College students in need of more sleep: read on! Read more

Clear the clutter in your dorm room with DIY organizers

I live in New England, and the seasons are definitely changing from a fairly mild, easy to clean time of year to leaf-and-mud season. Keeping the great outdoors out of your dorm room can be a challenge—and it’ll be even worse in a couple of months (or sooner!) if you live where it snows. It’s also that time of year where the mess from the beginning of the semester might finally be getting to a point where you need to take action.

Clear the clutter in your dorm room. (Credit: Home & Social)

Clear the clutter in your dorm room. (Credit: Home & Social)

I know I always let things get a little out of hand before I finally get everything cleaned up! If you’re looking for some new solutions for college students to clear the clutter, check out some of these DIY organizers. Read more

10 tips to stay healthy this winter

That crisp feeling in the air, the leaves turning colors can only mean that cold and flu season is on its way. It’s time for that flu shot but there are plenty of other things you can do to keep bugs and viruses from ruining your winter break.

Stay healthy this winter with our health tips. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Stay healthy this winter with our health tips. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Wash your hands often, eat a healthy diet and employ relaxation techniques to reduce stress. But wait, there’s more. In fact I have a whole list of ideas to help you stay healthy this winter. Read more