Top travel tips for stress-free holiday travel: Be prepared and relax

Holiday travel

If you’re new to the airport scene, arrive extra early!

The first semester of the year is almost over and many students are making the trek back to the parental units. Holiday travel can be stressful for anyone, especially young adults who may not have so much experience. Here are some travel tips for college students going home for the winter break.

Shop around to get cheap airfare

The farther out you reserve a ticket, the cheaper it is likely to be. Over 30 days is best. Read more

Organization tips for student success in college: It’s time to create new habits

Now that you’re in college, the term papers and projects that you create can be a source of anxiety — but they are also an invaluable opportunity to hone your skills in research, organization and presentation. Although you may never use the concepts of algebra in your future career, you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet deadlines, collaborate and communicate every day of your professional life.

You can still learn how to be organized. (Credit: University of Virginia)

You can still learn how to be organized. (Credit: University of Virginia)

Being organized is key to achieving student success in college — so here are a few organization tips to help you get started. Read more

Why study abroad: Save money on international programs and graduate on time

Study abroad

Study abroad info (© Al Goldis/AP Images)

According to a recent report published by the Institute of International Education, more American students are studying abroad than ever before, however, overall numbers show that only 14 percent of college students as a whole participate in a study abroad program. In addition, findings show that the majority of students who choose to study abroad head to a European country, and male students are much less likely to take the study abroad leap. The study abroad sphere is widening though, and for those who are looking to take part, there is no time like the present to cash in on some good deals. Read more

From school spirit to sample interview questions — Alumni offer knowledge on school subjects and career choices

A good way to learn about your school, your college major, and your prospects in your chosen career is to reach out to alumni. Alumni have much to offer students: advice, career direction and networking. They can help you apply your school subjects to real world career options. To glean some of their knowledge, get up close and personal by setting up an interview with an alumnus. Start by contacting the alumni association at your school. Sample interview questions are provided below. Read more

Group projects and team presentations — How to make it work

Group projectsCollege is a learning experience, right? You’ve already learned how to sleep with someone snoring across your dorm room, and how to make the most of your meal plan at the campus eateries. But what about how to make it work when it comes to a study group or team project? Odds are at least one professor is going to ask you to work within a group structure at some point during your college career. If you want to make group projects a success, read on for some tips. Read more

How to be a leader: Advice for college students on developing leadership qualities

How to be a leaderSome of the best advice for college students is to not only get involved but to be a leader on campus. And, just like anything else, it takes practice to develop the qualities of a leader. If you have been considering a leadership role in one of your clubs or organizations, now is the time to take action! Here are a few tips on how to be a leader and grow some outstanding leadership qualities. Read more

Pay it forward — How to be a more thankful person this year

Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity

Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity

When we’re wrapped up in the routine of school and work, it’s often easy to forget to not only take time to stop and smell the roses but also to appreciate how beautiful they are in the first place. We are overwhelmed with our to-do list and forget that we have many things to be thankful for. This holiday season, why not try to be a more thankful person by changing your outlook on life, taking the time to volunteer at shelters, giving back to your community through time spent at the local children’s hospital, and learning to pay it forward for the next person. You never know what difference one random act of kindness can do for another. Read more

The cash-strapped college student’s top 5 homemade gift ideas for the holiday season

Personalized Gift Basket

Personalized Gift Basket

The holiday season is just around the corner, and it’s time to start that elusive task of finding gifts for your loved ones. For many cash-strapped college students, the thought can be daunting, especially when different people have different expectations when it comes to gift giving. Embrace the challenge and keep the ideas flowing, even if the cash isn’t. Take a look at this list of top 5 homemade gift ideas that just might surprise.

Handmade savory or sweet goodies

Cooking may or may not be your strongsuit, but who’s keeping track? For  the many people in your life, food is likely the way to their hearts and when it comes to gift giving, it’s all about the gesture. Read more

On-campus and online lectures increase learning resources

Public lecture

Public lecture at local astronomical observatory

You want me to attend another boring lecture — and one that’s not required? Yes! On-campus lectures, guest speaker events and even online lectures are just more learning resources that your college provides. Above and beyond your scheduled curriculum, lectures from academics and local personalities offer advice, real world application of academics, scientific findings, inspiration and more so you can enhance your college major or learn about totally new school subjects. Online lectures, such as TED lectures, offer a variety of topics in exciting formats. Read more

America’s Top TA scholarship coming soon: The Dan Coiro Scholarship by CengageBrain

America's Top TA by CengageBrain: Dan Coiro, Organic Chemistry at Rutgers University

America’s Top TA: Dan Coiro, Organic Chemistry at Rutgers University

In May of this year, we at CengageBrain excitedly introduced our first ever national scholarship competition, “America’s Top TA.” College students from all around the country nominated their favorite teaching assistant by telling us why their TA deserved to be named America’s Top TA. For the grand prize, CengageBrain, the premier destination for purchasing college textbooks, agreed to establish three $2,500 scholarships in the winning TA’s name, and the reigning Top TA got to be part of the integral team determining the scholarship criteria and ultimately selecting the scholarship recipients. For those of you on the hunt for scholarships, stay tuned! Scholarship entries will be accepted starting in December.

After all the nominations were collected from students, a group of CengageBrain Student Ambassadors then narrowed them down to our 10 finalists. Read more