Outwit your roommate: Snag the best study spot on campus

Finding the best study spot on campus should be one of your top priorities going into each semester. That way, when you’re struggling to study in your dorm while your roommate blasts their music (unless of course you focus better with a little noise) you can get the heck out and know exactly where to go.

Here we offer some ideas on where you should study – and we don’t recommend you tell anyone about them. [Hint: Areas where WiFi is available] Read more

You’re studying the wrong way: Here’s why

What may work for your best friend, roommate or fellow classmates may not work for you when it comes to studying. I don’t know about you, but I personally cannot study in a library! It may sound crazy, but I always become distracted – listening/singing to iTunes, chatting it up with people I know, browsing Twitter, Instagram, etc….the list goes on and on.

While I like to accompany my friends to the library, I’ve realized that I need to say “no” when the offer is extended if I want to get in an effective study session. Getting good grades in college is super important for your future so now is as good a time as any to figure out how you’re studying wrong and what you should do about it before it’s too late. Read more

10 ways to manage time when studying for exams

So you just got through the first semester and you’re onto second semester – congrats! If you’re a freshman and still have not figured out the best way to manage your time, maybe now is the time to do so. And if you’re an upperclassman and still have no idea how to best manage time then now is a REALLY good time to take care of that.

What ideas do you have on how to manage time? (Credit: Pexels)

What ideas do you have on how to manage time? (Credit: Pexels)

It’s important to know how to manage your time so you get those top grades. To help you on your way, here’s a top ten list of hints for staying on track as you get down to business. Read more

7 most viewed CengageBrain blog posts of 2015

Happy 2016! Another year has come and gone so we thought we’d look back on the past year and share with you the most viewed blog posts.

Take a look at our list below, which goes in countdown form (only fitting for New Years, right?), and check out the blog posts yourself if you haven’t already done so! 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

You ask, we answer: Help me boost my motivation level!

Dear J,

I literally have zero motivation. What should I do?

What now,

Lexi W.

Hi Lexi,

I get it. It’s that point in the semester where you just lose motivation to do anything. Read more

College paper tips to improve your writing

Crafting a good college paper (one that nets you an A+!) can be a challenge.

Improve your writing for your next college paper. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Improve your writing for your next college paper. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Whether you doubt your writing skills or simply like to procrastinate (that would be my problem), here are some tips for how to improve your writing. Read more

10 do’s and don’ts of finals week for college students

As a college student preparing for finals week, priorities become a little off and we start to wonder if it’s ever going to end. Well, it’s almost over!

Learn the do's and don'ts of finals week here. (Credit: Pexels)

Learn the do’s and don’ts of finals week here. (Credit: Pexels)

In the last weeks until finals, here are the five do’s and the five don’ts to help keep you on track and motivated. Read more

Let your college portfolio tell the story of YOU

As college students, how many times are we told to create a portfolio every semester? Well, that sounds like a great idea but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.

Find out how a professional portfolio can help you in your career. (Credit: Pexels)

Find out how a professional portfolio can help you in your career. (Credit: Pexels)

Let’s get unique with it and explore some potential resources and ideas that you can use to get started on your student portfolio, and (hopefully!) demonstrate that it’s not as difficult as it may seem. Read more

Study tips when preparing for final exams

Wait, didn’t fall semester just start? While it may seem that way to you and I, final exams are just around the corner. If you are new to college, finals may have you totally freaked out.

There are many do's and don'ts when it comes to study tips. (Credit: collective-evolution.com)

There are many do’s and don’ts when it comes to study tips. (Credit: collective-evolution.com)

Heck, even seasoned exam pros could use some study tips for how to prepare. And I am here to help with the inside secrets to ace any test! Read more