Author: Taylor Massey - Managing Editor

According to Students: Biggest College Exam Challenge

With midterms in the air and final exams right around the corner, students may need a little extra help prepping for examinations. After more than a decade of school exams, many college students know the question types that they favor as well as those that give them trouble. We recently asked college students, “Which [of the following] types of midterm questions do you have the most trouble with?” Find out what college students say is the most challenging type of examination question and some tips for preparing them. Read More…


Solving the Biggest Challenge of Teaching Critical Thinking

Instructors, administrators, and school board members tend to all agree that critical thinking is a valuable skill for college students to develop. However, deciding to teach it in the classroom is often easier said than done. Instructors may wonder where to begin, how to motivate their students, and how to structure learning outcomes. To determine where to start, we asked our community to identify their top challenge with teaching critical thinking. Read More…


Tips for Students: Improving Study Strategies for Midterms

When it comes time for important exams, college students’ usual level of effort may not quite cut it. Preparing for midterms or finals typically requires significantly more reading, reviewing, and studying–all of which can significantly impact academic success. Share these five tips with your students to help them ramp up their study techniques in time for midterms or other exams.   Read More…


Tips for Students: How to Successfully Work With Your Peers

While some college students enjoy working with their peers, others may occasionally struggle to retain civility with their classmates. Regardless, it’s important to help them discover the best ways to build a dynamic group study or work session. Share these tips with your students for building a synergistic, diverse learning experience. Read More…


Teaching Research and Writing in the College Classroom

Research and writing strategies are not always covered in the college classroom; however, many students admit that they struggle with both. Try our easy tips for how to touch on research and writing techniques in your classroom. To determine what college students identified as their primary obstacle, we surveyed thousands of students asking, “What is your biggest challenge when it comes to a research paper?”

Identifying the issues

    30% of college students surveyed said that simply “writing it” is the biggest challenge to a research paper
    19% said “creating my position/thesis statement”
    16% said “finding good sources”
    13% said “finding a topic”
    13% said the “amount of time involved”
    8% said
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Instructors Weigh In on Taking Online Courses

In a recent survey, we discovered that the majority of instructors, 64%, have had experience teaching online courses. But how many of them have taken an online course themselves? We decided to ask our community of educators how many of them have taken an online course before. Learn what your peers have to say about their experience. Read More…


Tips for Students: Get the Most Out of Your Online Course

Online classes provide terrific opportunities for college students around the world. They’re easy to work around a busy schedule, no commuting, and you don’t even have to live in or relocate to a college town. Both with their own unique merits, online courses and in-person courses require slightly different approaches. Share our top tips for succeeding in an online course with your students. Read More…


Overcoming Obstacles to Creating Online Community

Many instructors have voiced their concern about the lack of community that forms in their online classrooms. The first step to overcoming any on-going challenge is isolating the biggest issues. To determine this, we asked thousands of students and instructors about the biggest struggles to creating a strong online community. Read More…


3 Quick Tips and 30 New Scholarships for College Students

Scholarships, in conjunction with student loans, make a big impact on college students’ abilities to continue their education. But when it comes to filling out scholarship applications, many are thrown in the deep-end. Share these top three scholarship tips with your students, and be sure to let them know about all the great scholarship opportunities Cengage Learning has to offer. Read More…


Building Student Leadership: Alternative Spring Break Contest

Strong leadership skills are an invaluable asset for anyone’s repertoire, but it’s particularly important for young adults who may have little to no experience. One challenge is that opportunities to grow this skill-set may be few and far between. However, the sooner college students develop their leadership skills, the better prepared they are to apply them in their classes, communities, and future careers. Read More…