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

Bully free zone

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, stopbullying.gov, 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

Make it a day to remember with Mother’s Day gift ideas for mom

Vera Bradley bag

Vera Bradley bag

Shopping for a Mother’s Day gift can be stressful, especially when you’re doing it last minute. Here are some budget-friendly ideas that any mom is sure to love — be sure to ask for a gift receipt, just in case!

Is your mom always on-the-go?

If you have a mom who travels a lot for business or pleasure, maybe she’d like something pretty to ease the pain of living out of a suitcase. Vera Bradley offers beautiful bags of all styles and colors and even features a travel section where you can find items such as: Read more

How to lose your internship in 10 easy steps

(p.s. — Don’t do these things!)

So, you’ve finally secured your dream internship. You may think it’s smooth sailing from here on out, but internships call for a lot of hard work and dedication. You could easily lose your internship if you’re not careful. Steer clear of these 10 simple mistakes, and you’ll walk away with a rewarding internship experience.

  1. Arrive late everyday: Yep. Being the last one in the office every morning is a good idea if you really hate the place and want to get canned. Otherwise, invest in a Clocky Alarm Clock on wheels and get to work on time.
  2. Dress like you’re in last night’s party clothes: If the office you’re working in is business casual, please don’t go in dressing like you’ve spent the night drinking martinis, passed out on the floor fully dressed, and walked into work wearing the same outfit. Be professional. Take a hint from Virginia Tech’s Career Service department on how to dress business casual. Read more

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