Author: Taylor Massey - Managing Editor

Tips for Students: How to Overcome the Biggest Barriers to Student Success

College students face countless obstacles on their academic paths. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, only 59% of first-time, full-time undergraduate students graduate.

In a recent survey, we asked hundreds of instructors, “What do you think are the biggest challenges students face and their barriers to success?” Discover what your peers have to say and some tips to share with your students. Bear in mind that each student is unique and you can ask your students individually what their greatest concerns are. Tailor your advice accordingly. Read More…


Relating with Students: What Motivates College Students to Succeed?

Diversity among college students is part of what makes learning together so advantageous. From student to student, you are sure to find a wide range of personalities as well as motivators for student success. To better encourage your students to succeed, it’s a good idea to speak to what motivates them most. In a recent survey, we asked hundreds of instructors, “What do you think most motivates students to succeed?”  Read More…


Spring 2014 Student Speech Video Contest – Our Ten Winners

Public speaking can be a rather intimidating process for anyone, particularly students and young adults. It can sometimes help for students to have real-world examples from their peers. In the spring of 2014, Cengage Learning announced the Student Speech Video Contest Scholarship. Students submitted speech videos on a topic of their choice, between one and ten minutes in length. Speeches were intended to inform, influence, persuade, or entertain a listening audience. Read More…


Reducing Stress: 5 Tips for Relaxing Over Winter Break

Students and instructors both tend to hit the end of the semester feeling utterly drained. Wrapping up year-end responsibilities — from the school year as well as the holidays — is no easy feat for anyone! But you’ve only got a few short weeks before next term’s students will need you to be right back on your feet. Be your best in January by returning from winter break feeling rejuvenated! Try these tips for reducing stress over the holiday. Read More…


Winter Reading List: Classic Books and Poetry, Free for the Holiday

You’ve finally made it! You’ve completed your grading and finishing up another semester. Winter break is the perfect time to relax and catch up on leisure reading. On our reading list below are some classic choices for holiday reading, including short stories, haunting tales, and poetry. As a gift to our readers, we’re sharing these complete stories online for free through our partners at Questia. You can even view them on the go with the Questia App. Enjoy! Read More…


Tips for Students: How to Begin Searching for the Perfect Internship

Spring semester is an important time for students hoping to land an internship in the summer. But many college students are not sure where to begin, and when they do, they’re often ill-prepared. As is often the case, a student’s secret to finding an internship are knowledge and  arriving prepared. Instructors, share these hints for helping them find the perfect internship for their career goals. Read More…


Focused on Learning: Cengage Learning’s Experience 2.0 at Clifton Park

The best thing you can be is a life-long learner. At Cengage Learning we take pride in ensuring that we’re always learning from each other — across all departments and communities. We’re focused on growing together as we evolve to meet our customers’ ever-changing needs. We understand that an engaged learner is a successful one and we are leading the transition to digital with a unique faculty and student perspective to transform learning through engagement. Read More…


Student v. Instructor: Turn-around Time for Out-of-class Responses

Our team at Cengage Learning recently surveyed thousands of college students on how they interact with their instructors. We asked students how they prefer to contact their instructors and what they would expect the response time to be.

Naturally, the majority (96%) of students choose to use email as a means of contact. But surprisingly, the largest percentage of students (39%) said that they expect a 1 – 6 hour turn-around for out-of-class response time from instructors. How does this work for your classroom and how can you set appropriate expectations? Read More…


Tips for Students: How to Make the Most of Winter Break

Holiday vacations are what you make of them. Instructors and students alike count down the moments to when they can close their books, folders, and computers for some much deserved rest and relaxation. There are many opportunities for students over break–from catching up on reading, working on internship applications, or finding a part time job. Read on for some helpful suggestions for students on how to make the most of their winter break. Read More…


College Students on Critical Thinking in the Classroom

According to our recent “Student Engagement Insights” survey of over three thousand college students, 99% of students believe critical thinking is an important skill for them to learn in the classroom. Additionally, 92% believe what they learn in class sharpens their critical thinking skills for the “real world.” Terrific! But how many instructors and institutions find room for teaching it in their curriculum? Read More…