7 first day of college tips

My first day of college classes was daunting for me, as it is for most college students. You’re still finding your classroom buildings, navigating the college campus layout and meeting teachers and fellow students for the first time.

What tips do you suggest for the first day of college? (Credit: The Odyssey Online)

What tips do you suggest for the first day of college? (Credit: The Odyssey Online)

Here are some bits of freshman advice and college tips for your first day of class. Read more

How to stretch your college budget

You think you already know the answer to this question on how to maintain a solid college budget (old, leftover pizza and ramen, duh). In all seriousness, you and I both know everyone gets sick of that same old eating routine after a few days! Why feel like you must deprive yourself of the good things in life in order to save a few bucks here and there?

Sure, pizza is delicious – especially leftovers the following day! – but give it another day, or two or three, and you’re DONE. Let’s discuss some other ways on how you can stretch your college budget and get more of what you want. Read more

8 college tips for surviving the second semester

Like other college students, I got over the fear of my very first semester and looked forward to my second. Even after a few years, the second semester always felt easier to approach.

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

I created my own do-it-yourself guide for surviving (and flourishing) in the second semester. Here are some college tips for the second semester. Read more

#NothingIsCrazy for the charity: water September Campaign

For the 2015 September Campaign, charity: water has set a goal to bring clean water to 50,000 people in need – and YOU can help! This year it’s all about teamwork.

What ways can you help donate to charity: water? (Credit: charitywater.org)

What ways can you help donate to charity: water? (Credit: charitywater.org)

Visit the charity: water September Campaign page to find out what some of the brave, nerdy and not-so-bashful fundraisers are doing to bring clean water to those in need. Read more

Pat Tillman Foundation and U-Haul team up to help scholars

Did you know that U-Haul teams up with the Pat Tillman Foundation every year to raise scholarship funds for the Tillman Scholars program? Well, now you do!

2010 Tillman Scholar & Harvard graduate Regan Turner moves from Texas to Santa Monica for a new job. (Credit: pattillmanfoundation.org)

2010 Tillman Scholar & Harvard graduate Regan Turner moves from Texas to Santa Monica for a new job. (Credit: pattillmanfoundation.org)

They are a proud sponsor of Pat’s Run, which takes place each April in Tempe, Arizona, and bring 35,000 supporters to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy. Read more

Learn about the SCA and its impact on youth

As part of CengageBrain’s Extra Credit Program, we like to know what’s happening with each of our contributing charities and share those stories with you, our valued followers! A recent study presented the positive impact the Student Conservation Association (SCA) has had on youth.

Find out how you can help SCA here. (Credit: TheSCA.org)

Find out how you can help SCA here. (Credit: TheSCA.org)

The new research showed that SCA has increased conservation awareness, along with developing social responsibility, increasing leadership skills and helping fuel continuous growth, which provide skills that make youth more successful in school, work and life. Read more

Three reasons instant access will make a difference for you

Like many people in this day and age, I enjoy all of life’s readily available conveniences – mostly because I’m one of the most impatient people I know. Having instant access to my textbooks and digital learning solutions tops that list.

So what makes instant access so great? Here we offer three reasons why instant access will make a difference for you with your college education. Read more

When should you really order those textbooks? Tips so you don’t waste time or pizza money

It seems like there are typically two types of students: the planners and the procrastinators. When it comes to ordering your textbooks, is it better to be one of these over the other? Not necessarily. Everyone can win in this case, and we’ll explain how.

Here we offer you some tips on how you can save time and not pay an arm and a leg for your textbooks. Read more

Take the guesswork out of getting the right materials for your classes

Ordering class materials shouldn’t be rocket science (Unless you’re studying aerospace engineering… then it totally is). But let’s face it, there are more than a few options available these days for all of those textbooks you’re going to need this fall. There are times when the whole process becomes overwhelming… But before going down the same route you did last semester: borrowing, sharing with your roommate, or putting it off entirely and opting for a nap, consider CengageBrain.

With CengageBrain, getting the right materials is not only fast but easy, too. Get it right the first time and go to the head of the class with the right digital tools and books for your class AND your budget. It all begins at CengageBrain – find out more here. Read more

Top 5 ways to save $100 this semester: Try them all and save up to $500

Everyone has heard the old axiom about two things in life being constant, death and taxes, right? Well I’d like to add a third constant to the mix, during college your budget is going to be tight. I’m talking about “living off of nothing but grocery store samples and ramen noodles for 6 weeks tight.” That kind of tight. I’m sure you can agree.

So I’d like to bestow some money-saving tips upon you to make it through. Tips that your GPA will thank you for, your social life will thank you for and most importantly your budget will thank you for! Here are 5 ways that you can save $100 this semester – or maybe more! Read more