5 Ways to Start Spring Semester With a Bang!

Did winter break feel like it just flew by? Are you prepared for another semester? We all might need a little more time to recuperate! Regardless, a new year and a new semester is upon us and we may need a few reminders as to what makes a great semester!

Make your second semester an adventure. (Credit: Motivation & Inspiration)

Make your second semester an adventure. (Credit: Motivation & Inspiration)

Here are a few ways to start your semester off with a bang! 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

How high school Senioritis affects GPA and college admission

“Senioritis” is an affliction that hits high school seniors during their second semester. They assume that since colleges have already accepted or rejected them in the spring, the colleges won’t know or care what grades they got in their second semester of senior year.

Learn how to combat senioritis next semester. (Credit: joy-Q)

Learn how to combat senioritis next semester. (Credit: joy-Q)

However, college admissions do want their entire high school transcript, and if they slack off on college requirements, they might not get in. 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

Overcoming the ‘F’: What to do after you get a bad grade

Despite your current panic, getting a bad grade is not the end of the world. You’ve been given an opportunity to learn and grow. Although this is not ideal, you are still on a path to discovery.

Don't fret, it's not the end of the world if you get a bad grade. (Credit: AEI)

Don’t fret, it’s not the end of the world if you get a bad grade. (Credit: AEI)

The way you will respond to this challenge can help your personal and academic development. Here are your next steps. 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

Optimize your studying with these 3 apps

Ahhhhh, why are you reading this blog right now? Shouldn’t you be taking a final exam or preparing for one right now?! Well if you’re reading this blog maybe you need a little help from some technology friendly studying apps that will help get that A you are striving for!

 

Need help studying? Yep, there are apps for that. (Credit: One*)

Need help studying? Yep, there are apps for that. (Credit: One*)

The great thing about the apps I am about to share is that they are all easily accessible either on your mobile device or your computer. Read more

Finals week study tips and survival skills

Finals week is almost here! Whether it’s your first experience or not, you can always improve your final exam survival skills. Time management is probably the biggest challenge. You have to find the time to study and then know how to study in the time that you have.

Stay focused through finals week with our tips. (Credit: Thought Catalog)

Stay focused through finals week with our tips. (Credit: Thought Catalog)

Let’s look at some study tips that will help you to live through your finals schedule and conquer another semester. Read more

DIY study kit to prep for your final exams

Final exams! Not only do you have to gear up and study for the end of the semester, but you also have to survive it. I know that I sometimes let my stress get the better of me, and it’s really important to make sure I’m taking care of myself, or I end up with a cold at the worst possible time (like the morning of my final).

What do you need to get through your final exams? (Credit: Etsy)

What do you need to get through your final exams? (Credit: Etsy)

In order to make it through, consider making a survival study kit for finals week that has everything you need to make it through your final exams. Looking for other tips for finals as well? Read on! 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