Efficacy and research

Group Projects: Tips for Students, From Students

Whether college students take classes online or on campus, one thing’s just about inevitable: at some point in their academic careers, they’ll have to participate in at least one group project. Many students can be apprehensive about the experience; but, if they follow a few simple guidelines, they can improve the likelihood of success (and perhaps even learn to enjoy the process!).

During Phi Theta Kappa’s 2014 NerdNation convention, we asked students to share their college-success tips with fellow students.

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Study Groups and Support Systems: Tips from Students

Though personal drive, initiative, and self motivation are key to college success, students also experience great benefits when they connect with other students, form solid study groups, and engage in peer-to-peer learning experiences.

In these videos, filmed during Phi Theta Kappa‘s 2014 NerdNation convention, students describe how study groups benefit their college experience. They list the traits of people they’d want to include (or wouldn’t want to include) in their study groups. They also discuss the value of developing a support system and connecting with fellow students on campus.

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The Classroom Experience: What is Essential to Students?

What do students expect when they enter their college classrooms (on campus or online)? What piques their interest, boosts their confidence, and helps them feel engaged in the learning process?

At Phi Theta Kappa‘s 2014 NerdNation convention, we talked with numerous students about their college experience. Among these questions, we asked: What do you think is an essential part of the classroom experience? 

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Students Reveal the Key to Being Successful in College

What’s the key to being successful in college? What attitudes, traits, and behaviors help students perform at the peak of their academic abilities?

At Phi Theta Kappa‘s 2014 NerdNation convention, we talked with numerous attendees about their lives as college students. In the following videos, some of these students share their keys to college success. From avoiding procrastination to following your passion, and from sharpening your study skills to seeking help from others, these students’ answers can provide other students with the encouragement they need to achieve their own success.

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Students Tell Us What Gets Them Engaged in the Classroom

During Phi Theta Kappa‘s 2014 NerdNation convention, we had conversations with numerous attendees and talked to them about their lives as college students. In the following videos, you’ll see how they responded when we asked: How do your instructors get you engaged in the classroom? Take a few minutes to listen to what these students from around the United States had to say about the tools and techniques that caught their attention, developed their understanding of course materials, and brought their classes to life. From debates and discussion to thought-provoking activities and assignments, you’ll hear that students respond to a variety of strategies that Read More…


Students on Using Games in the College Classroom

Over 4,100 students attended Phi Theta Kappa‘s 2014 NerdNation convention, giving us a chance to engage with them and learn about their experiences with student life. More specifically, we wanted to know about their goals, what engages them in their courses, what digital tools they’ve used, and what advice they would give to college-bound high school students.

In this video, we hear from two attendees, who discuss the educational benefits of using games in the college classroom. Rafael Jimenez (a student at Butler Community College) and Stephen Orr (a student at Morainepark Technical College) told us how their instructors used games that engaged them in the learning process and helped them better understand course concepts.

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MindTap for Economics at the University of Houston

Recently, Cengage Learning showed MindTap for Economics to a group of students completing Leonie Karkoviata, PhD’s Economics class at the University of Houston–Downtown.

Following the focus group, seventy-six of the students completed an online survey to provide feedback regarding what they saw. In the flyer linked below, you can read what they had to say about:

  • Their overall response to MindTap, and the likelihood that they would recommend it to their professor
  • Their perception of the value of MindTap’s Adaptive Test Prep
  • The likelihood that they’d use additional features such as the Flashnotes flashcard app, ReadSpeaker text-to-audio, and Video Office Hours Read More…

Students at Harold Washington College Rate their Experiences with Aplia

How would students rate their experiences with Aplia? To find out, we asked students at Chicago’s Harold Washington College to give us their feedback.
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Ohio University Student Event Summary

For many students, securing an internship and preparing for job interviews can be overwhelming. To help students successfully navigate these crucial steps, Cengage Learning came to the Ohio University campus this past December, to provide Ohio University students with resources and tools to help best prepare for today’s job market.

Recognizing the need for more student-to-student conversations around using digital solutions and garnering real-world experiences while in college, the Cengage Learning Sales & Marketing teams partnered together to offer students a different kind of study break.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context Serves as Student’s “Go To” Resource for College and Beyond

Tyler Hitchcock is a Government and Economics major at Central Michigan University — with plans to get a Master’s in Public Administration and a goal of working for the Michigan Department of State — and he works full time. Tyler attends school in the evenings, taking classes both online and on campus. To save time when he works on papers and research projects, his primary “go
to” resource is Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints in Context (OVIC).

OVIC delivers curriculum-aligned reference content, including more than 10,000 topic overviews and 13,000+ pro/con viewpoints as well videos, podcasts, maps, and expert-chosen full-text articles. OVIC’s comprehensiveness and ease of use are good matches for Tyler’s busy schedule. Tyler appreciates that OVIC’s search features streamline his efforts.

In addition to supporting Tyler in his coursework, OVIC’s informed and diverse viewpoints engage him in thinking critically. He notes: “Just reading the abstracts of the first results sparks analysis of how various authors view the issue, encourages you to draw your own conclusions, and gets you thinking about how to integrate different perspectives into a cohesive paper.”

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