As a busy mom with two teenagers at home, Susan Taylor went back to college not because she had spare time. Conversely, her time was limited and attending classes and finding time to study would be a chore. However, Susan knew that in order to advance herself professionally, secure a better paying job, and to help her two children get through college in coming years, she needed to pursue a college education.

Going back to school as she neared her fifties would pose some technology challenges, and she understood that. When she purchased the printed text and Aplia for her Principles of Macro Economics class at her campus bookstore, she didn’t know what to expect. She had never used an etextbook before and calls herself ‘more of a physical book person’. While she had worked with computers before, her experience with the Internet and online learning was limited. Add these challenges to her lack of alone time for studying, and Susan knew macro economics might bring back a bit of her old math anxiety and be a tough course to pass.

Susan was fortunate to have an enthusiastic instructor for her course, and he designed the homework assignments around his lectures. She learned to use the etextbook within Aplia because it made studying so easy. Aplia also helped her build her confidence and lose that fear of math and graphs that haunted her before.

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