Take Cell Phone Pictures Like a Pro

I am somewhat challenged when it comes to using my smart phone. Especially when it comes to mobile photography. Great pictures don’t just happen. You have to have some skills. That takes lots of practice.

Learn how to take amazing cell phone pictures. (Credit: House Beautiful)

Learn how to take amazing cell phone pictures. (Credit: House Beautiful)

To learn how to take better pictures, I scoured the Internet and talked to my friends. Here’s what I found. Read more

Relaxation techniques to keep that winter break feeling

For most college students, winter break is quickly coming to a close. Pretty soon you’ll be back to the old grind and stressing over exam schedules and term paper deadlines. How can you keep that mellow, winter break feeling when you’re back to school?

See what relaxation techniques work best for you. (Credit: Ouba Life Style)

See what relaxation techniques work best for you. (Credit: Ouba Life Style)

There are plenty of relaxation techniques and stress relievers that are easy to do. Stress relief can be as easy as doing deep breathing techniques. Let’s see what else you can do to stay relaxed. Read more

Forget about winter, second semester is coming!

By the end of winter break, you’re ready to hit the books and swing back into college life for second semester, right? I’ll admit, I can use an extra week or so to get my life back on track. But the thing about preparing for college classes second semester is that if you don’t head back to campus with a plan and enthusiasm for what comes next, you might find yourself dragging before midterms.

Get ready to start your second semester. (Credit: VIA)

Get ready to start your second semester. (Credit: VIA)

Here are some life hacks for making the most of the next term. Read more

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