Transferring Colleges? Follow This Year-Long Game Plan

We’ve all seen university brochures. The smiling faces, the beautiful campus, the promises of the education of your dreams—it’s enough to make anyone swoon. However, transferring to the university of your choice is a process that’s anything but glossy.

It will take commitment and grit. Here’s a plan for your first year. Read more

Feature Friday: Commuter Student—Future Teacher

Meet Shaloun: A commuter student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an English education major! Originally from St. Louis, MO, Shaloun and her family moved to Wisconsin when she was five years old. A go-getter, Shaloun has already had an opportunity to teach young students during an internship where she helped young learners create art.

She says she isn’t an artist but does love DIY projects: be it cooking food or home décor. Get to know our Student Ambassador Shaloun a little better below: Read more

4 Must-Need Tips as you Prepare for the GRE

Taking the GRE and applying to graduate school can be daunting. With the right tools and preparation, you can ace the GRE and complete your graduate school applications!

One tip as you prepare for the GRE? Get organized!

One tip as you prepare for the GRE? Get organized!

If you’re nervous and have no idea where to start, these tips will help prepare you: Read more

Make Any Place as Study Space

7 Ways Digital Makes Learning Fit Your Life

Technology. It’s completely transformed how we live—from how we communicate, to how we drive cars. But has it made learning more convenient? Heck yeah it has! Here are 7 Digital Life Hacks sure to make you a savvier student, schedule and all!

LIFE HACK #1: Make Any Place a Study Space

“I often use public transportation or walk while on campus, so during these travel times I use flashcards. It helps pass time and gives me extra study time.”

One billion things to do during the day, and studying is currently below eating and sleeping. Sound familiar? Fit it ALL in with digital! Mobile learning means you can master concepts on the move, and study where you stand—or sit! With digital, the world is your desk.

LIFE HACK #2: Study on the Run 

“Audio book – Love love love to listen to this while cooking, showering and especially while running on the treadmill at the gym.”Lifehack-2-150x150   

Imagine—your workout AND your homework done in time for Game of Thrones. For real. Audio books present course content in an engaging way, and let you tackle two things at once.   Thanks to digital, you can fit in studying, and fit in your new jeans!

LIFE HACK #3:  Quiz Yourself Ready

“I take the practice quizzes right before the actual in-class exam. It allows me to get a last-minute look at the material we’ve covered.”

Picture it: Exam day…

You: Hey Brain, remember studying this stuff?Study on the Go

Brain: Yup!

You: Awesome! What’s the answer?

Brain: Studying more before a test.

You: Cute.

 Preparation tools like practice quizzes let you put yourself to the test, right before you take it—so you can avoid awkward interactions like these.

LIFE HACK #4:  Pre-Game Your LessonsPre-game study builds confidence

“I usually have the book read aloud to me in my car before I am taught that concept in lecture. ”

That moment when your roommate asks YOU for help. The ReadSpeaker feature in MindTap enables you to have your book read to you to prep yourself for concepts before they’re covered in class—so you get it before your instructor gets to it. Warning: Increased confidence has been known to occur.

LIFE HACK #5: Focus Like a SenseiFocus like a Sensei

“I also really enjoy the weekly view on MindTap. I think it’s definitely underrated because it can tell me which assignments are due soonest and allows me to focus on those before I get lost in the master outline view.”

Need shiny objects to keep you focused? Then consider digital the gold medal of study resources. Digital organizational tools, like calendars and notifications, help you keep a level of focus that would make even Mr. Miyagi proud.

LIFE HACK #6: Let the Notes be Your GuideLet the notes be your guide

“When I have finished reading an entire chapter, I go back and take all of my highlighted information and notes and create a study guide.”

Have a serious case of “in one ear and out the other” syndrome? Fear not—a simple study guide compiling all the “notable” stuff makes for a nice go-to review resource. It’s sure to be the highlight of your preparation plan! See what we did there?

LIFE HACK #7: Stagger with Swagger

“I stagger my MindTap quizzes; I do the 5-question quiz over and over until I get 100%, then the 15-question quiz, then the 20, then the 40—all over and over until I ace them. Not only does this give me a Practice for the big dayconfidence boost, but it allows me to practice my test-taking skills.”

If at first you don’t succeed…well, you know the rest. Layering the length of your practice quizzes provides a more robust rehearsal for the big day. Just rinse and repeat ‘til you get it right and come test day, you’ll shine!

Barring a revolution of mutant, killer robots—it’s fair to say, technology makes life easier.

Have your own Digital Life Hacks to share? Submit your top tip or trick here. It might even make the website!


Adulting in College: What It Means and How to Master It

What does it mean to “adult” in the world? For a lot of college students, the idea of “adulting” can be intimidating and mysterious. The first time I had to adult in the real world was when I scheduled a doctor appointment without the help of my parents—even though I still texted my mom for some advice.

So, what is adulting? And how can you—as a college student—become well-versed in adulting? Read more

Four Ways to Handle a Difficult Roommate Situation

You’re finally in college and on your own—it’s going to be an incredible adventure! You get to choose your classes, have your own living space and meet new people. Starting college is one of the most exciting times of your life, but meeting new people can be tough and living with strangers for the first time can be difficult.

It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Here are a few helpful tips you can use to deal with difficult roommates! Read more

Feature Friday: A Cengage Ambassador Interview from 36,000 Feet

A freshman at Santa Monica College majoring in Sociology, Francisco is one of our newest Cengage Student Ambassadors.

As we traveled back to California from the Phi Theta Kappa Catalyst annual convention in Nashville (the second half of his first experience flying, FYI), we talked about his college experience and his work as a Cengage Student Ambassador. Read more

Your Ultimate Midterms Checklist

There’s so much information out there on how to prepare for college midterms. How do you know what you’ll need or what will work? Save yourself some time and check out my list of important tips and tricks—all packed into one checklist for you.

Use this one to two weeks before your midterms for guaranteed success! Read more

5 Budget-Friendly, Healthy Snack Ideas for College Students

It’s that time of year again for college students. No free time, poor sleeping habits and being broke are all back after a refreshing summer. With all of this craziness, you need energy-filled food to keep you going. This is where the power of the snack comes in. Whether you’re in class or on the go, you can use these 5 snack ideas to keep you moving.

Before you do any of this, make sure to pack snacks ahead of time—you’re more likely to take a snack when you’re in a hurry if it’s already pre-packed. Put refrigerated items in a small snack basket for quick and easy use. Read more

Activate MindTap and Get Extra Writing Help From an Online Personal Tutor!

Writing effectively is an art. Taylor Swift has written entire albums, and she still has her share of critics!

But you’re not writing for millions of fans, and your friends at Cengage want you to nail your next essay. Read more