Efficacy and research

MindTap Gives Returning Student the Tools to Succeed in Psychology

Kim Feager started college twenty years ago, but marriage, family, and an accelerating career led her to sideline her quest for a higher education degree. Today, she’s back in school, working full time at another job and attending St. Charles Community College in Missouri at night, where she majors in applied science with an intent to obtain a new career in health care.

Kim has used three different digital products since returning to college. She liked MindTap® Psychology the best for the way it helped her learn concepts and prepare for exams, and for the convenience it provided by allowing her to listen to reading assignments anywhere.

It took Kim some time to get “reacclimated” to being a student, and MindTap made the transition easier by helping her make good use of her study time as she read and completed homework. Kim most appreciated MindTap’s text-to-speech app, ReadSpeaker, which helped her absorb course information anywhere she was able to listen. She also appreciated the visual aspects of MindTap, such as video clips, word activities, and its overall interactivity. MindTap’s assignments also helped Kim see the course concepts she understood, and where she needed to go back for additional help.

In this Student Success Story, you’ll read why Kim credits MindTap for Psychology as a key element in earning an “A” om the class. You’ll read how MindTap engages students like Kim through a learning path that integrates chapter readings, videos, and interactive assignments. You’ll also learn about MindTap’s helpful automatic grading, which gives students immediate feedback on their assignments, so that they always know where they stand.

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Freshman Challenged with Responsibilities and Financial Pressure of Paying for College

Hannah Wallace is a Criminal Justice major at Texas Christian University. Like many students, she faces financial pressures, and often finds it a challenge to balance school and work. Adding to Wallace’s financial responsibilities is her dream of attending a top-notch law school after graduating from TCU.

To keep up with the demands of her coursework, Wallace turned to Cengage Learning’s MindTap tool, a digital learning solution that helps students become critical thinkers by customizing learning experiences, providing real time mobile access, and the ability to track individual student performance to help achieve her academic and financial goals.

Besides making test preparation more efficient, Wallace credits MindTap’s search function with helping her create customized learning sheets that assist in test preparation. Rather than scouring the entire textbook, Wallace’s keyword search results in a collection of items, organized by importance, she then uses to narrow her focus. The platform’s vocabulary quizzes and flashcards, which condense complex information into more manageable bite-sized data pieces, serve as conduits to greater comprehension in subjects outside of Wallace’s major.

Besides the breadth MindTap offers, Wallace also praises the depth with which it provides students. The result, according to Wallace, is a much more thorough understanding of how theory is applied outside the classroom.

In this Student Success Story, you’ll see how MindTap streamlines test preparation, which saves time and allows students to devote time to their other important responsibilities, like their jobs and families. You’ll also see how its learning tools improve students’ academic performance.

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Future Attorney Credits MindTap for Time Management Skills and Better Grade in Criminal Justice

After graduating from Texas Christian University, Carly Stacey plans to attend law school and become an attorney. It’s a goal she believes will now be easier to achieve with Cengage Learning’s MindTap tool, a digital learning solution that helps students become critical thinkers by customizing learning experiences, providing real time mobile access, and the ability to track individual student performance with helping her better manage time and prepare more thoroughly for exams.

Unlike other educational technologies she has used, Carly says MindTap provides her with the courage required to stick her neck out when reaching for academic greatness. Specifically, she cites the pre-test assessments that gauge her understanding without harming her actual grade.

Carly relies on MindTap to prepare for exams and says the tool provides detail and context even rich classroom lectures do not. Carly also credits MindTap with building her critical-thinking skills, which she recognizes are necessary to her success as an attorney.

In this success story, you’ll read more about MindTap’s ability to prompt deeper concept comprehension, which results in improved academic performance.

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Student Athlete Challenged With Managing Time and Commitments In and Out of the Classroom

As a physical therapy major, Bailey Sullivan hopes one day to help others recover and move about free of pain and discomfort. However, the Texas Christian University freshman recently experienced some discomfort of her own and needed help navigating her commitments with school work.

While Sullivan has always considered herself a good student, she found the importance and weight given to college exams intimidating. Sullivan credits Cengage Learning’s MindTap tool, a digital learning solution that
helps students become better critical thinkers, providing real-time mobile access, and the ability to track individual student performance, with helping her better manage time and prepare more thoroughly for exams.

In this Student Success Story, you’ll read how Sullivan’s engagement has increased, as she’s seen how to apply what she’s learning in class to real-life scenarios. You’ll also see how MindTap’s features (such as its pre-tests, chapter-specific lessons, flashcards, and quizzes) have built Sullivan’s confidence and helped her build stronger study habits.

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Time-Strapped Student Looks to Balance Academic Responsibilities with Extracurriculars

Rachel Bull, a freshman at Texas Christian University, does most of her studying during the early morning hours, long before classes actually begin. Despite waking up before her peers, Bull says it’s still hard to find the time required to complete her coursework and prepare thoroughly for tests.

Bull dreams of working one day for a large fashion company in New York City. At the time, however, she says it’s difficult to balance her course load with other interests such as working out, church, and staying in touch with family. “I’m pretty good at managing time but with so many assignments it just gets overwhelming,” she said.

In this Student Success Story, you’ll read how MindTap’s personalized learning environment has saved Rachel time, while also minimizing her stress. You’ll also see how MindTap’s real-time performance evaluations promote better study habits and test preparation… leading to better grades, better time management, and increased awareness of her progress in class.

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The College Experience, in One Word

What words come to mind when you think about the college experience? Motivating? Inspirational? Challenging? Exhilarating? Exhausting? Necessary? Worthwhile?

Have something in mind? Now let’s hear what students had to say! During the 2014 NerdNation convention, we asked several members of Phi Theta Kappa: If you could describe your college experience in word, what would that be? Their answers will encourage and surprise you… and give you a smile as well!
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Course Materials: What Students Find Most Effective

Throughout their time in college, students will encounter a wide variety of course materials, resources, and tools, all designed—and then assigned—to help them master course concepts and gain a deeper understanding of the topics you’re covering in class. But what types of resources do the college students themselves find most useful, and how do they use those course materials to study and perform well in their classes? During Phi Theta Kappa‘s 2014 NerdNation convention, we had the opportunity to speak with several attendees about the course materials and tools that help them learn and succeed. When you play the video Read More…


College Success Advice: Time Management

When you think about the attitudes and behaviors that lead to college success, which are among the first to spring to mind? If you’re like us, “time management skills” certainly appear near the top of the list.

During Phi Theta Kappa‘s 2014 NerdNation convention, we had conversations with numerous attendees and talked to them about the skills and strategies they use to achieve college success. When we asked “What do you think is key to being successful in college?,” we received many thoughtful answers, several of which centered around the importance of effective time management.

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Student Insights: How Aplia Made Me Better Prepared for Class

In the video below, students from Phi Theta Kappa’s 2014 NerdNation convention discuss how Cengage Learning’s Aplia boosted their skills, engaged them through relevant resources, and and made them better prepared for class.

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Test-Taking Tips from Top Students

From choosing what and when to study in preparation for an exam, to determining their strategy for taking the test itself, a college student needs to give a great deal of consideration to the steps he or she will take in order to achieve success.

If your students are seeking some advice on successful test-taking habits, they may find it helpful to hear about the strategies that have helped their peers succeed. In the video below, attendees of the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa NerdNation convention discuss their own test-taking tips. Listen to their practical and proven suggestions, and share them with your students!
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