What goals do you have for the students in your non-majors biology course? If you’d like to see improved outcomes and participation, think about using and assigning MindTap in your course. Students are spending more time on their homework and earning better grades when MindTap counts for 20% of their grade.

It may come as no surprise to hear that digital learning tools matter to today’s students. According to a recent report, 74% of surveyed college students feel they would perform better if their instructors would use more technology.

Recent analysis of MindTap usage for all disciplines across the 2014-2015 academic year demonstrates that using MindTap can have a significant and positive impact on student learning and outcomes.

For students in non-majors biology courses, working in MindTap leads to better scores. Students who use MindTap at least three hours per week are more than twice as likely to receive a 90% average or better compared to students who spend less than an hour in the solution. There’s also great value in using the program consistently; students who use MindTap every week are much more likely to get an 80% average or higher compared to students who only log in every other week.

Your own engagement with MindTap can also spur on engagement. We’ve seen that, If faculty use the platform, students will use the platform. Instructors who spend eight or more hours managing their course (modifying or adding content, monitoring student progress, communicating with students, etc.) throughout the semester get students to spend over 45 minutes more per week working in the course. Make it count. Get the results.
Non-Majors Biology Instructors spending time in MindTap drives students to spend time in MindTap.
How can you encourage student achievement using MindTap?

  • Use MindTap to encourage good study skills. Planning ahead promotes success: students’ scores increase the earlier the assignments are started before the due date.
  • Use the MindTap features & apps during the course. Students using apps perform better on assignments. As an example,students using MindTap’s Flashcard app more than ten times during the term are more likely to get a 90% average or better.


Learn more about the significant impact that MindTap can have on student learning. Review the full study for a complete breakdown of the data, including tips for increasing student usage and utilizing the Progress App to track progress and identify needs.


Looking for the MindTap solution that’s right for your Biology course? Review our list of available solutions