Efficacy and research

MindTap Helps Student Keep Track of Assignments, Build Understanding, and Think ‘on a Higher Level’

After rethinking her decision to attend medical school, Caitlin Phillips knew that she still wanted a career in medicine. This meant that in order to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in biology, she would need to complete some tough classes, including medical terminology. As a full-time senior, her schedule was full with classes, studying, and sorority commitments. In addition, she’s working on the senior paper required of all biology majors, and hers is on a complex subject: multiple myeloma.

Because MindTap was a requirement for her medical terminology course, Caitlin—who considers herself tech savvy—dove right in. She liked the digital format and felt that MindTap was simple and easy to get through and the ebook drew her in and kept her engaged.

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Future Nurse Anesthetist Credits Enhanced WebAssign® for Success in Math

A’lea Hathcock is a full-time student majoring in pre-nursing at Columbus State University (CSU) in Columbus, Georgia, on her way to becoming a nurse anesthetist. Her days are filled with classes and her evenings — as well as pockets of time between classes — are often spent studying.
 
In a recent term, one of the positive aspects of studying was the opportunity to use Enhanced WebAssign®, which was a required homework resource in her Mathematical Modeling course. Enhanced WebAssign gave her a lot of assistance and practice, which helped the concepts stick. Additionally, Enhanced WebAssign helped A’lea build her study skills, as well as critical thinking skills that will serve her beyond her math courses. She appreciated EWA’s relevance, and also credits it with helping her manage her time.

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Enhanced WebAssign Takes the Heat Off Calculus Homework

Brandon Arrowood got a jump-start to his academic career, entering Cleveland Community College through his high school’s early college program. Brandon made his goal graduating with his high school diploma and associate’s degree simultaneously. A volunteer firefighter, Brandon plans to major in Chemistry at Western Carolina University, and pursue a career that involves supporting firefighters. Brandon uses Enhanced WebAssign for his Calculus course.
 
Though he’s always been a fan of math, Brandon finds that the challenges of a full-time student demand a better way to approach assignments. When college classes overlapped with his volunteer firefighter training, Brandon would pull all-nighters to manage all his responsibilities. Key to his math study time, says Brandon, was ensuring he had the concepts down pat.
 
As part of Brandon’s Calculus course, Enhanced WebAssign brought him closer to conceptual understanding than other homework solutions that simply drill students for answers. Besides being a timesaver, Enhanced WebAssign helped Brandon grasp Calculus concepts and work independently using his own critical-thinking skills. Brandon reports he will pass Calculus with nearly a 100 average grade.

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Enhanced WebAssign® Promotes Grade-A Work in Calculus

College sophomore Eutimio Gonzalez will transfer to Texas Tech next year to complete his biology degree. He likes science and math, which explains his degree choice and his decision to take chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and calculus in a single semester. Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) was required in his calculus hybrid course, and proved to be beneficial. “I got an ‘A,’ and I think a lot of that had to do with EWA,” he says.

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Enhanced WebAssign® Guides Calculus Student to an “A+”

Zunair Khimani loves being a college student. A junior taking classes at two different institutions, Zunair also works part time as a pharmacy tech and plans to become a pharmacist. His current school schedule includes physics, world literature, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology — and his favorite course, calculus. “I love math, and calculus is really challenging,” says Zunair. “The instructor is awesome, and makes calculus fun.”
 
Fun doesn’t mean easy, so Zunair is pleased that Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) is required in the course. EWA is an online homework system that enhances problems from Zunair’s Cengage Learning textbook with immediate feedback, tutorials, and Watch It video solutions that use different values from the assigned problems. “I think EWA is one of the most helpful things I have ever used. I actually took calculus previously at University of Houston and got a ‘D.’ Now that I am using Enhanced WebAssign, I have an ‘A+.’”

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Two Times the Engagement: Enhanced WebAssign and Aplia Aid in Conceptual Learning

Shahrukh Ali has his sights set on opening his own businesses. But first, the Wharton County (TX) Junior College freshman must master the basics, so he elected a full-time schedule of Biology, Calculus, Economics, Humanities and English courses. Shahrukh wants to earn his degree in MIS and Supply Chain from the University of Texas, so he knows he must keep his grades high in junior college. Fortunately, this student has two powerful resources in his corner: Aplia and Enhanced WebAssign.

Shahrukh says he prefers the flexibility of online classes and appreciates the way his Cengage Learning online resources complement his coursework. He uses Aplia for his online Economics class, and Enhanced WebAssign for the hybrid Calculus course.

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Working While Attending College Requires Organization and Efficiency—and Better Study Habits Thanks to Enhanced WebAssign

While attending classes full time during his freshman year at Wharton County Junior College, Adnan Prasla also held down a job and managed to enjoy a bit of free time. Demanding classes such as microeconomics, geology and history required significant study time and a commitment to making sure things got done as efficiently as possible, in order to not fall behind.

Adnan’s Calculus professor gave students the link that allowed them to choose the Enhanced WebAssign option with Stewart’s Calculus, Seventh Edition. He found Enhanced WebAssign to be helpful, and
especially liked the program’s features that walked him step-by-step through the material. The videos were a bonus for Adnan, as they allowed him to see how to solve a problem, which led to faster and greater understanding. Instant feedback gave him a chance to ‘get it right’ before submitting his assignments, and the tutorials in Enhanced WebAssign allowed him to catch up on any work he might have missed.

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Enhanced WebAssign Helps Busy, Visual Learner Study Independently and Gain Understanding of Difficult Concepts

Jaber Hussaini has a medical school goal in mind, and he knows that requires hard work, tenacity, and focus. As a full-time student at Wharton County, Jaber is deep into the tough work his goal requires: courses like anatomy, physiology, biology I and II, and calculus. As a visual learner, reading can be difficult for Jaber; he has trouble staying focused and gets easily distracted. Thus, he tries to study in quiet places, like the library,and use methods other than hours of reading. Additionally, his major calls for some very difficult classes, which require more attention and time. Read More…


Aplia® for Statistics Helps Busy Student Work Faster, More Efficiently, and Master Concepts

Focused and devoted to her studies, Anne Shoemake, a student studying human services at Wharton County Community College, will finish her Associate’s Degree in December 2014, and will then move on to a 4-year university to finish her studies and secure a master’s degree. While studying for her AA degree, Anne worked as an intern for the district attorney’s office, in the special victim’s unit/crisis center, and also worked as a nanny.

Knowing that time would be limited as she juggled class, her job, and a demanding internship, Anne took as many online courses as she could, which allowed her to work at her own pace and when she had the time. Her courses required significant study hours, and she found that being able to study online and get the review and reinforcement it offered made it easier for her to manage her time and retain what she was learning.

She approached her statistics course with trepidation, thinking it would be a challenge. Using the textbook and Aplia for Statistics, she was pleasantly surprised at how well she caught on. Read More…


Aplia Keeps Statistics Student On Track for Success

Allyson Penny, a freshman at Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, TX), combines 12 classroom credit hours in English, history, statistics and government with a part-time job at a daycare center. Her instructor assigned Aplia for use in her Statistics course.

Allyson found that Aplia’s practice problems, assignments, in-depth explanations, and e-mail reminders helped her manage her time and become better prepared for exams.

She notes: “Aplia definitely helped me succeed because I actually understood what I was learning…. I was actually solving the equations and comprehending what I was learning.” Read More…