Nominate your teaching assistant for America’s Top TA — The first national scholarship competition by CengageBrain

Have you thanked your TA today? College students now have the chance to thank the TA (teaching assistant) who has had the biggest impact on their education through the first ever America’s Top TA competition by CengageBrain.

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Summer classes: Stay focused and get credits faster

Summer school“Summer school” sounds like a punishment. You’d rather get a job, party or just veg during your summer vacation. The benefits to taking summer courses make the off-peak grind worth it though, plus you can choose from lots of different options: study abroad, summer internships or online summer school all offer flexibility and convenience that may not be available to you during the fall or winter semesters. Learn why you should consider summer courses, discover what options you have, and find out how to study during the summer when what you’d rather be doing is lying on a beach somewhere. Read more

College graduation gift ideas you should be hinting for from parents and grandparents

Pebble E-Paper Watch

Pebble E-Paper Watch (© Pebble Technology)

Ah graduation, a time for thinking of the future, sure, but also a time for gifts! Every soon-to-be-grad knows they can count on Mom and Dad or their grandparents to recognize the occasion with a special present or memento. Why not celebrate years of student success and be prepared with some hints or suggestions to get your family pointed in the right direction to encourage your big launch into the professional world.

The fun

Forget what you may need for a moment, what do you want? You may be about to graduate from college, but it doesn’t mean you still don’t like your “toys.” Read more

Where will you travel for summer break?

Study abroad

Study abroad (© Al Goldis/AP Images)

Summer break: A glorious two and a half months of freedom from the daily grind of your classes — or a chance to get ahead on the next semester. Whether you’re searching for a global education or just some good ol’ fashioned life experiences, there are many opportunities to consider for this summer break. Your taste for adventure may lead you to consider spending a semester at sea, or finding places to visit in Europe as a backpacker. You could put a few extra credits under your belt on a school sponsored study tour or see America on a low-budget college road trip. Read more

What is Cinco de Mayo and how to celebrate it at home or out on the town

Cinco de Mayo dance

Cinco de Mayo dancers in Washington DC by Flickr dbking

Happy Mexican Independence Day! Errr…what is Cinco de Mayo anyway? Take a quick look below to find out the true occasion, and get some tips on how to celebrate, including throwing your own Cinco de Mayo party!

Cinco de Mayo history

Blow away party guests with these Brainiac facts. On May 5, 1862, during the War of French Intervention in Mexico, the Battle of Puebla occurred near the town of Puebla, Mexico. Read more

Student employment on-campus, off-campus and work-study

Career Center

Summer jobs for teens (© Damian Dovarganes/AP Images)

Many students these days need to work to help pay the bills for tuition, gas and expenses, and room and board. Student employment opportunities include on-campus jobs, off-campus jobs, resident assistant, teaching assistant, work-study and more. Ask your financial aid office, career counselor, or just take a trip downtown to find jobs available to college students.

On-campus jobs

According to Ohio State University’s “Student Employment Opportunities,” “Working on campus is a great option because university employers are often more flexible about scheduling your work hours around your class schedule, and transportation and travel time are seldom a problem.” Read more

2012 Summer job and internship ideas: Get started now

Summer jobs and internships

Lifeguard by Flickr ganessas

Summer break is just around the corner but you have time to land a summer job if you get started now. Plenty of jobs sites will help you narrow your search to the type of job that you’re looking for. While a summer job is not likely to be related to your major, an internship can be arranged that will help you fill in your resume with some real-world experience to help you jumpstart your career. Because it takes longer to get accepted for an internship, don’t wait another second to apply. Here’s what you need to know.

Summer jobs — You can get hired now

You’re probably an old hand by now at summer jobs, so you know what you can typically expect to find. Read more

Moving day tips: Packing up your dorm rooms and apartments

Moving dayLeaving your old dorm rooms or apartments behind can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. You can make it all go a lot smoother when you have a plan for boxing up your belongings. These moving day tips will insure that you pack up and move on with ease. Time to say out with the old and in with the new, one box at a time!

Make a plan

Ever noticed how things seem to go a lot better when you have a plan of attack? Read more

How to become a teaching assistant

Teaching assistant

Teacher training (© Corey R. Minkanic/AP Images)

If you love to learn and enjoy helping your fellow students, why not think about becoming a teaching assistant (TA)? A TA works under a professor’s supervision to assist students in the classroom. You’d be lending a hand to professors in a class you have already taken and understand well so you can give guidance to other students who are in the position you once were in. Discover all the duties of a TA, ways to become a teaching assistant and how assistantship gives you experience to advance your academic career. Read more

How to upload with Pixelpipe, best fitness apps, Diablo 3 release date and online trends

Skateboarding professor

Totally trending: It’s our Internet and technology roundup

Only have a minute to break away from the books and find out what’s happening online? From the best fitness apps to news on the Diablo 3 release date, and how to upload your media using Pixelpipe, check out these topics your friends are talking about.

Pixelpipe frees your photos

San Francisco start-up Pixelpipe thinks people spend too much time transferring their media — text, photos, video, and audio — to their various social media accounts. Read more