tips for students

Peer-to-Peer Learning: Tips from a Tutor Turned Author

It’s every professor’s dream to have a student learn a subject so well that he goes on to tutor his peers in it. To have him tutor so well that he publishes a study guide, though, is beyond imagination! That’s exactly what Michael Rosen did in 2008 as a student tutor at the University of Delaware. We spoke with him about his experiences leading up to writing The Guide to Surviving Chemistry, Second Edition.

Michael, what motivated you to make the jump from stellar general chemistry student to general chemistry tutor?

As a student, I understood how frustrating Read More…


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…


Top Reasons for Students to Log Into MindTap

As an instructor, you’ve likely heard about the ways that digital learning solutions can help improve learning outcomes and increase student engagement in your courses. In fact, you may have adopted a solution—and seen the benefits—for yourself. But perhaps you’d like to help your students become more aware of these valuable benefits!

Our new infographic gives a quick overview of why MindTap matters to students’ college education. It shows what students have told us about MindTap and the benefits it offers to their own study habits and success. You’ll also find find other fun facts about today’s college students, including insights about their digital lifestyle of today’s students, reasons why a degree matters to them, and more.

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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…


How to Simplify College Students’ Back-to-School Process

Back-to-school time is just around the corner and many students have already started preparing. From early planners to last-minute textbook buyers, every type of student is different. We want to help however we can. Students have far less to stress about with CengageBrain available to help them through the first few weeks of school and all through the year.

1. Get the right materials

When speaking with students, we have learned that many worry about whether or not they’ll receive the right textbook version and edition when ordering online. With CengageBrain, your students are purchasing directly from the publisher, and they Read More…


College Students’ Research Confidence (and Competence)

How confident are college students in their research skills? And do their instructors perceive their skills in the same manner? In our recent Engagement Insights survey of nearly 3,000 college students, we asked: “How good are your research skills?” Our results indicate that college students are quite confident. When asked, 52% rated their research skills as “Good,” and another 25% stated that their skills are “very good.” Another 22% ranked their skills as “fair.” Only 1% of our surveyed students considered their research skills to be “poor.” However, when instructors were asked about their own confidence in students’ research skills, they told Read More…


Tips for Students: How to Plan for a Study Abroad Program

College students can improve their GPAs and academic profiles by participating in study abroad programs all across the globe. And getting off campus for part of their education is an opportunity for growth, responsibility and maturity. It’s a good idea to start researching opportunities a semester or two ahead of time. But with hundreds of programs, on all continents (yes, even Antarctica), to choose from, the choice is all theirs! Share these tips with your students for beginning their journey.

What’s it all about?

Study abroad programs generally provide college credits and count toward your major. The University System of Georgia conducted a 10-year study on academic performance Read More…


Spread Your Message via Social Media

An important aspect of the content creating process (whether it be a video, article, or blog post) is actually sharing it, often through social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. However, spreading your message through social media effectively can be easier said than done, due to what may appear to be an unwritten set of rules and guidelines that makes some posts successful, and others not. Here are some ways you can effectively spread your message through social media! Creating Your Title The title to your content is incredibly important! It’s the first thing a reader sees, and what Read More…


Top 5 Life Skills That Aid Adult Learners in Higher Education

Despite all they’re balancing, adult learners (students who begin college at age 25 or above) find college challenging—but perhaps not overwhelmingly so. We recently surveyed thousands of adult learners to learn more about their experiences in college. The majority, 69% of students 25+ say that their life skills “definitely” help them manage college, as compared to students who enter directly after high school. Life experiences account for a lot of our intellectual strengths. Experiences let you learn how best to interact with the people and world around you, how to manage stress, and how to prioritize your time. These are Read More…