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January 13, 2019

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cengage Unlimited but the opinions and text are all my own.


So, after countless lectures, papers, and late nights studying for exams, it is almost time to move on from college, and if I’m going to be honest, I am still terrified. I never realized how intense preparations for graduate school can get, especially while trying to complete the last year in college. I am planning to take one gap year (just to take a second and enjoy life) but in the mean time I have been on a study schedule to get ready for this semester. Since I know a lot of you guys are in college just like me, I thought it would be helpful just to let you guys know how I prepared for my exams using the Cengage Unlimited platform



This semester I decided to try accessing the majority of coursework online, and I would be lying if I said it isn’t a lot easier than buying my books individually. I have been trying to get ahead of my C-sharp coding skills for class and found these textbooks in less than 5 seconds. All I did was put in the key words or find the ISBN and search using that instead! Finding a book was this simple. There is also an awesome feature that allows you to narrow down your search by topic and the best part about this is that there is absolutely no limit to how many books you can add. Unlike many other subscription services that have set deadlines, everything you add will be available to you as long as you are subscribed (and students are able to keep up to six online textbooks in their digital locker for up to a full year after their subscription ends). 


If you are anything like me, you often need some physical books to really get into your routine. There is an integrated Chegg feature that easily allows you to get the print versions of your course textbooks for $7.99 (with free shipping). I was able to do this for my science courses and saved tons of money by avoiding rentals. However, one thing I appreciated the most about the online books was I could easily edit them on almost any PDF reader. From adding my own custom notes to marking key pages, it made it so much easier to organize my written material into sub-headings, charts, bullet points, and diagrams. Not to mention, the fact that they were also accessible offline sky-rocketed my exam preparation more than I thought. I was so much more productive in my free time (especially when I needed to memorize 450 new words/week).



Which brings me to my actual graduate record examination (GRE) prep. I had access to all types of resources, though the most important tools were accessed through the Cengage & Kaplan partnership. This was a complete lifesaver! Not only was I able to get a baseline score so I knew where I stood in the larger context of my prep, but I was also able to brush up on quant, verbal, & analytical writing at literally anytime. All I needed was a phone, computer or tablet. I even went ahead and built tons of customizable quizzes that were able to challenge me on an individual level. I also discovered that I could use the benefits from Quizlet, Chegg AND Kaplan, all at the same time for no additional cost. I did not waste any time in immediately taking advantage of the resources. I listed down the complete syllabus and started with the most important topics that covered more weightage in the exam. As I began to clear basic concepts, I would use my free 6 months of Quizlet Plus and practice using exercises or questions-by-question basis. Solving past questions was the best practice to prepare and I even found myself constantly referring to the apps right before going to bed to make sure I get a quick review of what I learned the day before. Everything was just a perfect balance all within the Cengage Unlimited platform and the fact that I didn’t have to install individual applications made it that much better.

So, if you want to try this out yourself here’s the link to more information about Cengage Unlimited and how it works. At least I know that before it's time to move forward into the exciting and terrifying world of resumes, and never-ending bills, at least I have some aspect of my academic life down without wearing my pockets out! 


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