Three quick tips for student success: How to write a resume for a competitive job market

Strong resume keywords

Strong resume keywords (Photo by Powerful Sample Resume Formats)

For many people, creating a resume can be a stressful experience. This concept is especially true for students starting out in today’s highly competitive job market. You can reduce the anxiety that often accompanies the resume writing process by learning what employers are looking for. Check out these three easy steps to teach you how to write a resume that captures a recruiter’s attention and gets results. Read more

Student loan debit cards: Are they really worth the reward for college graduates?

As your college graduation date draws ever nearer, you may be trying to figure out how to make payments on your student loans. You may have heard of online checking accounts that offer a rewards program, but what if you learned it could even help you pay off your student loan debt quicker? Before you jump into signing up, there are a few things you should know about these student loan debit cards. Read more

Honor your dad with these Father’s Day gift ideas he’s sure to love!

Tandem skydiving

Tandem skydiving

Finding the perfect Father’s Day gift year after year for your dad can be stressful, but don’t worry; your #1 fan will love anything you’ve put thought into. Try any of these great Father’s Day gift ideas to show your dad how much you care.

For the dad who loves adventure

If you have a dad who is always looking for a thrill, why not send him off a plane — with a parachute and a guide, of course? Read more

2012 presidential candidates: How to get involved with politics this year

2012 presidential campaigns

2012 presidential campaigns (© Charles Dharapak/AP Images)

We all know that come this November we’ll be voting on a new leader for our country. In case you’ve tuned out all forms of media, you’ve probably deciphered that the 2012 presidential candidates are going to be Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. While Ron Paul has not formally stepped down, Romney has secured the required amount of delegates and is already choosing his running mate. What you may not be aware of is how to get involved with politics in a way that will actually make a difference. Read on for a few tips on how you can educate yourself and a your friends during this election year. Read more

College survival tips: Keep in touch over the summer with friends, professors and TAs

Mailing letters

Mailing letters (© Damian Dovarganes/AP Images)

Keeping in touch with friends over the summer can make for an easier transition back into classes come fall. Although technology has made that task easier than ever, it does still require a bit of effort on your part. But, reaching out to your friends is totally worth it in the end. Those in the know will also offer these key college survival tips: maintain contact with your professors during and after college.

Stay connected with friends

Keeping in touch over the summer is as easy as sending a text. Of course, while getting texts from your far-flung college buds is great, it’s not the same as seeing them. Use these ways to make sure you and your friends stay connected when you are more than a dorm room away from each other. It’s as easy as 1-2-3: Read more

America’s Top TA announced, and the winner is…

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

America's Top TA: Dan Coiro, Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant at Rutgers University

Congratulations to Rutgers Organic Chemistry TA Dan Coiro for winning the first ever America’s Top TA Competition by CengageBrain!

The competition allowed college students to recognize the TAs who helped them the most with coursework, especially during finals week. Over the last month, students from across the country submitted nominations and voted for America’s Top TA. Students had to write an essay consisting of 100 words or less, then CengageBrain Student Ambassadors narrowed down the student testimonials to a list of ten finalists before a winner was determined by opening it up for public voting through the CengageBrain Facebook page.

Chelsea Viscosi, who took Coiro’s Organic Chemistry class, submitted the winning nomination: Read more

Stop bullying: How to identify, report and prevent it from happening in your school

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Bully free zone (© Flickr Magnus Manske)

It seems that everywhere you look on the Internet, there is a story about bullying, and rightfully so; it’s become a huge issue in today’s schools. There are many theories of why bullying has gotten out of control, but here, we’re taking action by finding ways to identify it, report it and prevent cases of depression or suicide linked with bullying.

What is bullying?

The federal website of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,, defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” This is a serious problem beginning in grade school and ranging all the way through college-aged students. Read more

Emergency preparedness: What to do after a car accident

Car accidentHere’s the scenario: You’re driving down the road on your way to class and you are slammed — HARD — with something on the left side of your car. You’ve quickly shaken it off enough to where you can focus on keeping control of your vehicle and getting it safely to the side of the road. Now what? Be proactive and learn what to do after a car accident before it happens to you. Read more

Finalists revealed: Vote for America’s Top TA!

Voting is now open in our first ever America’s Top TA competition! Over the last two weeks, students across the country recognized the teaching assistants who have had the biggest impact on their education by nominating them for the Top TA title. A group of CengageBrain Student Ambassadors then narrowed down the nominations to 10 finalists. Now it’s your turn to vote! Please visit CengageBrain’s Facebook page and tell us which TA should win America’s Top TA.

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Student loan debt crisis: What does it mean to college students?

Paying off student loansIf you’re still in school, chances are you haven’t given much thought about how much student loan debt you’re carrying. If you’re nearing the end of your program though, you’ve probably had nightmares about how you’ll make payments while trying to make ends meet. It’s much less scary if you know what you’re getting yourself into. Here’s a brief rundown of what having student debt as a college grad means to you, and how a student loan forgiveness act may be on the way to provide relief. Read more