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Top 4 Back-to-School Stress Management Techniques

Back-to-school stress affects college students and instructors alike. Simply being mindful of stress management techniques can work wonders to help you feel better and learn to concentrate on the school year. Try our top four tips for managing stress as you return to another busy school year this fall.

Power of positive thinking

Think happy thoughts. It sounds simplistic but most stress comes from worry, frustration, and anxiety, usually about things you can’t control. Going back to school presents challenges, uncertainty, and awkward social situations—all of which can suck your emotional energy and cause stress. Instead, focus on all the positive experiences Read More…


Back to School Icebreakers Part 2: Get to Know Your Students

College students aren’t the only ones who experience anxiety going back to school and heading into the first day of class. Professors are faced with all new classes, with some familiar faces but many unknowns. How can you use icebreakers to get to know your students? While you can use some icebreaker ideas to watch your students interact and learn about them that way, there are also icebreakers designed to help you gain a better understanding of your students’ goals for the semester in a brief period—or designed to help them understand what to expect from your class starting Read More…


Back to School Icebreakers Part 1: Facilitating Group Learning

The first day of class can be full of anxiety for many college students, especially freshman, suddenly surrounded by strangers who they are supposed to be learning with for the rest of the semester. Cliques can quickly form of students who already know each other, or who have obviously similar interests based on appearances. In order to facilitate group learning in your classroom, consider using an icebreaker on the first day of class. Icebreakers can help get rid of back to school jitters, and can help prepare students for working in groups and teams throughout the semester.

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​Tips for Students: Start the Semester off on the Right Foot

Although for many students, the beginning of spring semester is the middle of a school year, a brand new semester does bring new opportunities. From interactions with instructors to classmates, beginning on a positive note can make a world of difference for students. Share these helpful hints with your students to help them start the semester right.

Making new connections

According to author Julia T. Wood in her text, Communication in Our Lives, Seventh Edition, socializing helps us to build the much-needed communication skills that we use every day. “We spend a great deal of time communicating. We talk, listen, have dialogues with ourselves, Read More…


It’s Time to Activate Digital Learning Solutions!

Students are officially heading back to school and settling into their classes. It’s time for both you and your students to take on another school year and start getting a feel for the course materials. That includes your digital learning materials, such as MindTap or other Cengage Learning products. If this is your first semester using a certain digital tool, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the product early so you can advise your students. If you’re already familiar, use can start encouraging your students to activate their products and begin accessing their materials. Students who aren’t accustomed Read More…


College Students’ Barriers to Effective Time Management

As students get ready to head back to college, they’re excited by what’s ahead—after all, the start of a new school year signals that they’ll be learning new ideas, meeting new people, and coming one step closer to the achievement of their academic goals. But once classes start, and once they start making note of all the due dates and deadlines for their coursework, they may become more and more concerned about how they’ll get all their schoolwork (along with their other responsibilities) done. In our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked college students: “Do you struggle with managing your Read More…


College Confidence: A Checklist for Student Success

As you prepare for students to arrive in your (physical or virtual) classroom, you’re thinking about all the things that you can do to create an engaging and successful classroom experience. Of course, students also play an important role in creating a classroom environment that benefits them as individuals, as well as their fellow classmates. In light of this, you may wish to reinforce the attitudes, behaviors, and habits that contribute to a classroom environment that sparks engagement, promotes learning, and fosters academic success.

In Practicing College Learning Strategies, Seventh Edition, Carolyn H. Hopper provides a checklist of habits that students should adopt for success in the college classroom. She encourages students to review the list, noting which habits they already follow and which they need to put into practice.  Share this post with your students, and encourage them to evaluate their own behaviors in light of what’s presented below. By so doing, they’ll go a long way towards accomplishing their own learning goals (as well as yours).
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Tips for Students: Tools You Need for Back-to-School

The scent of a fresh, new semester is in the air! That means your students are now getting their school supplies together for the next year. Besides the usual list of backpack essentials, there are other supplies that will help them get through the year. And sometimes it’s those items that aren’t obvious that can be the most useful. Share these helpful hints for back-to-school prep with your students.

College-specific mobile apps

More and more colleges are now developing mobile-apps just for their students and campus. You can use these to access campus news, events, maps, bus schedules, and even safety announcements. Check to see if your school has a mobile Read More…


Tips for Students: Advice from Instructors for Setting Priorities

Each new school year brings new opportunities to set yourself up for success. For college students, that often means getting their priorities established early on and sticking to them. We asked hundreds of college instructors what advice they have for students hoping to set their priorities more effectively. See what they had to say and share these tips with your students. Below are ten of the most frequently recurring suggestions from instructors: If a student came to you seeking advice about setting their priorities more effectively, what would you recommend?Create a schedule of work and study and learn how Read More…


Tips for Students: Reducing Stress Before Back-to-School

For many college students, stress seems entirely unavoidable during the school year. The same may hold true for some instructors as well. To help relieve stressors before they take over, it’s important to find ways to relax and alter your ways of thinking. Now is the time to start. Share these tips with your students for relaxing and reducing stress before back-to-school.

College life and stress

Students, you have just a few golden weeks before it’s time to get back into the swing of things with a new semester. CengageBrain’s article “Relaxation tips: Stress management techniques and ways to relieve stress for college Read More…