Make Income Tax Filing Easy With These 3 Tips

Part of being an adult involves filing and paying your income tax. Tax rates for college students tend to be low because their income tends to be low. Your federal tax refund may be large or small depending on income, withholding and filing status.

Don't let stress get to you when filing your tax return. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Don’t let stress get to you when filing your tax return. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Income tax e-filing is the safest way to file your tax return. Payment of income tax, if you end up owing, is another matter. Still, there are ways to take the stress out of tax time. Read more

Prepare For Second Semester Like A Pro

The holiday break really flew by, didn’t it? I remember how quickly those weeks on the calendar counted down and before I knew it, second semester had begun. It can be hard to refocus after a long break, so having a few life hacks in your back pocket for how to prepare is a good thing.

Organization is one way to prepare for second semester. (Credit: Evensi)

Organization is one way to prepare for second semester. (Credit: Evensi)

Maybe you will be the lucky college student who will have no problem with the transition back to class, but better safe than sorry! Read more

Hey Students, What’s Weighing You Down?!

If you want the chance to win a $100 gift card, this is an opportunity you can’t MISS! At participating college campuses across the country, our Cengage student ambassadors will be chatting with their classmates on how to lighten their load with the use of digital tools.

Read on for more details about this event. Read more

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

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

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

Which types of degrees land you the best paying jobs?

I know that not everyone goes into college with the idea of linking what they are studying to their future earning potential. Nor do I think you should. However, that being said, the types of degrees you consider can have an impact on whether or not you land one of the best paying jobs.

Find out what the best paying jobs for college graduates are. (Credit: Daily Herald)

Find out what the best paying jobs for college graduates are. (Credit: Daily Herald)

Read on for insight into which majors can land you the highest salary. Read more

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 summer 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