Tech trends: Print vs. digital textbooks and Barnes & Noble’s new tablet

In the market for a new tablet? Rumors hinted at Barnes & Noble planning to release a new 7-inch NOOK tablet, designed to compete with the low-end price point of the bestselling Amazon Fire tablet, before the holiday shopping season. I’m a long time NOOK user, so this is exciting news for me, especially as my old tablet died over the summer. The news got me thinking about the old print vs. digital textbooks debate, and it looks like the jury is still out.

Print or digital textbooks, which do you prefer? (Credit: Pexels)

Print or digital textbooks, which do you prefer? (Credit: Pexels)

I read both in print and digital interchangeably, and I’ve expanded my reading in the past few years to include smaller devices, like my cell phone, among my displays. But a phone screen is certainly not the ideal way to read a textbook. What are the arguments for or against experiencing your textbooks digitally? Check it out to see whether or not digital textbooks are the way to go for your own learning style and budget. Read more

Your go-to FAQ guide for textbook rentals from CengageBrain

You’ve almost made it through the semester, CONGRATS! So, what should you be doing in preparation for winter break? Besides studying and writing research papers, you may also want to keep in mind that you’ll need to return your textbook rentals before its due date – we’d hate to see you owe a late fee since you’re already on a strict college budget!

With that said, let’s look at a few other need-to-know tips you may need when it comes to textbook rentals from CengageBrain. Read more

How to read a textbook without losing your mind

Sooner or later like every college student, you realize that you’re going to have to crack open the textbook and start reading it. It’s not all gloomy, though. Knowing how to read a textbook is one of those study skills that pays off big time.

Reading a textbook doesn't have to be so stressful. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Reading a textbook doesn’t have to be so stressful. (Credit: Shutterstock)

It took me a long time to figure out what reading activities worked well for me. Here are a few tips and ideas that could work for you. Read more

Changes to FAFSA 2017-18: Here’s what you need to know

If you are like most college students, you have some student aid to help you pay for your higher education. FAFSA, aka the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, has undergone some changes this year.

Be sure you know about the new FAFSA changes. (Credit: NCSA)

Be sure you know about the new FAFSA changes. (Credit: NCSA)

I’ve got the fast facts to help you with all the things you need to know so your college expenses get covered. Read more

How to still wear fashionable clothes on a college budget

Learning how to budget your cash is about as much fun as going on a diet. You always seem to be saying “No” to yourself. But there are ways to save when it comes to your wardrobe.

You don't have to limit your clothes collection even being on a college budget. (Credit: Grad School Insider)

You don’t have to limit your clothes collection even being on a college budget. (Credit: Grad School Insider)

With a few tricks you can still dress in fashion and be the envy of your fellow college students. Read more

College athletes and compensation: Supreme Court to decide

Student athletes and college sports are a big part of college life. We love to watch them, and we cheer on our school’s team. But despite the popularity of college basketball, football and other sports, the athletes don’t get paid like the professional athletes do.

Should college athletes be compensated? (Credit: NPR.org)

Should college athletes be compensated? (Credit: NPR.org)

Ed O’Bannon, a former UCLA basketball player, brought the issue of unpaid college athletes to court, and the case has gone to the Supreme Court. Read more

Financial management life hacks to make college life easier

While going to college is primarily about getting a good education, there’s a secondary education you receive from college life. I’m not talking about the social aspects—although I certainly learned a lot about encountering people with different points of view and from different backgrounds when I started college. One of the most important things I learned, though, was financial management.

College is the perfect time to learn financial management tips. (Credit: Michelle Adams)

College is the perfect time to learn financial management tips. (Credit: Michelle Adams)

I won’t say I mastered my finances in college, because being on my own and responsible for my own money for the first time wasn’t exactly a smooth experience. But I did eventually pick up some life hacks to make life easier by keeping tabs on the money I was spending. Here are some of the top financial life hacks for college students I’ve spotted lately. Read more

6 tips for frugal living for college students

You’re living on your own, you might have a part-time job while going to school, but money is always going to be tight.

Learn how to live a frugal life in college. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Learn how to live a frugal life in college. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Here are some lifehack tips for cheap food and services and frugal living in college. Read more

Get ready to apply for the FAFSA

It’s that time of year again–your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) can be filed. It seems earlier than before, right? That’s because this year, there’s an earlier filing date for the FAFSA: the application window opened October 1st. Don’t worry, the application deadline is still way off, but it’s a good thing to check on, because there are FAFSA deadlines at the federal, state, and even college level. (Colleges are being encouraged to set the deadline no earlier than February.)

Time to begin applying for the FAFSA. (Credit: PTC.edu)

Time to begin applying for the FAFSA. (Credit: PTC.edu)

I know it can be a hassle to apply for federal aid–I needed it for all four years of undergrad–but with some of the new tools, including the handy IRS Data Retrieval tool, the whole process is getting easier. Read more

How to save money the DIY way on college

It seems like not a day goes by that you don’t hear something in the news about the high price of education for college students. From student loan debt to constantly increasing tuition costs, there seems to be a never-ending stream of expenses.

Find out how you can save money in college. (Credit: Getty Images)

Find out how you can save money in college. (Credit: Getty Images)

What about some great ideas to save money while you are earning that degree? I’ve compiled a quick DIY how-to guide to help you keep your college costs down. Read more