tips for students

The College Catalog: A Guide on Students’ Academic Path

Students start off their college years with a wide range of attitudes and emotions: excitement about opportunities; hope for personal growth; eager anticipation about becoming independent; and, perhaps, a bit of anxiety about all the unknowns (Which major should I choose? How will I make new friends at a new school? How will I manage my time… while still having fun?) And yet, in order to succeed and thrive, they’ll need practical guidance along the way. Among the many tools and services available to students, the humble college catalog stands as a resource that can get—and keep—them informed Read More…


Tips for Students: Establishing a Backup Plan for Accessing Your Course Resources

Where would we be without our tech tools? We rely on them for so much—school, work, communicating with friends—that if disaster strikes in the form of loss, theft, hardware failure, or a virus, it would be easy to slip into a panic. At other times, technical glitches such as a broken Internet connection can make the difference between an assignment completed on time and one that misses the mark. Though we can’t always prevent computer problems from arising, we can think ahead and mitigate the negative fallout that may occur because of them. In their book E-Learning Companion: A Student’s Read More…


Tips for Students: Tackling Time Wasters

A chapter to read, a video to watch, a discussion post to write, a paper to complete, lecture notes to review… your life as a student can often feel like a long to-do list. On top of scholarly demands,  you may also be balancing a job or family responsibilities, which certainly should not be shirked. And yet, you also have many options that are a bit more enjoyable in the moment: a phone call from a friend, an impromptu shopping trip, a pickup game of basketball, an outdoor concert at the local park…  you name it, it’s out there, ready to Read More…


Tips for Students: Keeping Your Coursework Organized on Your Computer

From time to time, it happens to every student. An assignment deadline approaches, or the time for class is drawing near. You need to access that paper, spreadsheet, or presentation right away, and you can’t find it. What did you name the project? Where did you file it? And which draft is the final one? It has to be there somewhere… you just know it. But the clock is ticking, and you are now kicking yourself for failing to create folder names other than “My Documents” or “New Folder” and neglecting to title your files clearly. So you Read More…


Selecting a Mobile Computer for Use at School? Consider These Points

Because of the nature of the coursework in a flipped environment, you may decide that a mobile computer — such as a laptop, netbook, or tablet — is the best tool for the job. However, given the array of available options, how do you decide which one to purchase? In Discovering Computers: Essentials, Misty E. Vermaat, Susan L. Sebok, and Steven M. Freund present a “Mobile Computer Buyer’s Guide,” which describes some of the factors you should consider when you’re evaluating which computer is best for you. Below, we’ve summarized some of the most salient points. By bearing these practical considerations Read More…


Tips for Students: How to Make the Most of an Internship

For many students, an internship is an eagerly anticipated—or perhaps required—part of the college experience. An internship gives you a chance to put what you’ve learned in school to work in the “real world,” surrounds you with the opportunity to meet (and be mentored by) experienced people in your selected field, and helps confirm whether or not a certain career choice or job setting is the right one. For these reasons, it’s important to take your internship seriously, and endeavor to get as much out of it as you possibly can. In 100% Job Search Success, Second Read More…


Helping Your Students Take Advantage of Summer on Campus

For students, summer term can seem a bit more foreign than the “regular” terms they’re accustomed to spending on campus. Many of their friends have gone home for the summer, and they may be feeling the stress of completing coursework while feeling a bit isolated. They may also feel that they’re missing an opportunity to fill out their résumé with important work experience. Our friends at the CengageBrain blog, CengageBrainiac, recently shared some tips for students who are staying on campus for summer. They offer advice for students to employ to broaden both their social as well as Read More…


Tips for Students: Taking Summer Courses — What Kept Me Going

It can often be beneficial to collect advice on overcoming challenges from those who have encountered similar issues before. In this post, some of us here at the Cengage Learning Blog share our memories of taking summer courses, and reflect on the challenges we faced and how we kept ourselves motivated despite distractions. We’re sharing what we learned about taking summer courses, but what did you learn the first time you taught a summer course that you’d like to share? Start the conversation below. I attended school at Northeastern University, which is well known for having a cooperative education program. Read More…


Tips for Students: Success in Summer Classes

Summer term can pose an excellent opportunity for students to catch up on or get ahead in credit hours in their course of study, but let’s face it: It’s nice outside, many of their classmates are enjoying other summer activities, and there can be even more distractions than usual that get in the way of focus and success in summer classes. Our friends at the CengageBrain.com blog, CengageBrainiac, have written a post for students that can help them see the benefits to staying focused on success in summer classes. Among the great reasons to enroll Read More…


Tips for Students: A More Balanced Budget, A More Balanced Life

At certain points in our lives, our financial situation can cause more aggravation and anxiety than we’d obviously prefer. Loss of a job or a reduction in hours, a large unanticipated expense (such as costly car repairs), or a sudden health issue can put us in a position that causes financial stress on top of the stress brought about by the situation itself. And of course, even if we’re not in dire straits, it’s wise to simply stretch our dollars where we can. Though it’s not always possible to avoid the situations that can lay those heavy burdens on Read More…