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Questia: One Thing You Need to Build Confident Writers

by Dr. Jenny Billings, Cengage Faculty Partner and Chair of ACA, DRE, and ENG and English Instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Having taught Developmental Reading and English students, I’m deeply aware of the effects self-doubt can have on first-year writing students. Many of them come in feeling behind, lacking the confidence they require to be successful. Some students need their academic foundations built, or rebuilt, while others only need refreshers to get them on their way. I’ve found that Questia can help in either circumstance. It can serve as #JustOneThing to alleviate students’ worries and fears, especially Read More…


Time-Pressed Student Grows Confident Using MindTap for Nutrition

Time management is a challenge for Rosemary La, who works part-time and is a full-time student at California State Polytechnic Institution in Pomona, California.

How MindTap Empowered Study

Fortunately, MindTap from Cengage boosted Rosemary’s learning efficiency in an online nutrition course. With MindTap, Rosemary could read her ebook and do coursework whenever and wherever. Plus, the dashboard kept her on track by showing upcoming assignments and due dates. “MindTap made me a more confident learner by helping me become more of an independent learner,” she says. “Although the traditional professor/student interaction is a great way to learn, using MindTap helped Read More…


Calculus Student Upped Her Game with WebAssign

Alicia Colon, Sophomore at the University of Central Florida, loves the immediate feedback and personalized features in WebAssign for Calculus, as they’re perfectly tailored to her homework needs.

Student Success Story

Challenge: Alicia needed problem-specific help to improve understanding and complete homework assignments on time.

Solution: WebAssign for Calculus

Result: WebAssign enables multiple attempts on questions and gives instant feedback on wrong answers, reinforcing skills and helping Rebecca learn from her mistakes; she attributes her A to WebAssign

Read how Alicia elevated her performance with WebAssign for Calculus

 


Practice Makes Perfect for Calculus Student Using WebAssign

Rebecca Caro, Freshman at Florida State University, achieved much in her Calculus class with the practice and guidance she found in WebAssign from Cengage.

Student Success Story

Challenge: Rebecca had a difficult calculus course, needing lots of practice and guidance outside of class

Solution: WebAssign for Calculus

Result: WebAssign enabled Rebecca to work at her own pace, practice as much as she wanted and get problem-specific help from video solutions and tutorials; she was pleased with her B

Read about Rebecca’s Experience with WebAssign for Calculus


Student Optimizes Study Time with MindTap for American Government

A busy double major, Bilal Shalash, a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, was a new user of online study tools like MindTap for American Government. Yet, he made great use of the tool to deeply learn and master his course material.

Student Success Story

Challenge: Marketing/Spanish major was concerned about course material costs, but wanted quality resources to make every study minute count Solution: MindTap for American Government Result: More affordable than a print text, MindTap offered adaptive test prep for productive studying, flexible study tools, a mobile app for learning on the go and a text-to-speech feature ideal for multi-taskers.

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Student Gets Deeper Understanding of Psychology with MindTap

Natalie Schoenfeld from Ohio State University gained a deeper understanding of—and new perspectives on—her Psychology course material by using MindTap for Psychology to enhance learning.

Student Success Story

Challenge: Motivated neuroscience major needed an effective study tool to solidify her grasp of course content

Solution: MindTap for Psychology

Result: Natalie earned an A; MindTap quizzes prepared her for tests and boosted her confidence, by providing practice with likely test questions and guided feedback for questions answered incorrectly

 

Read Natalie’s story of success with MindTap for Psychology

 

 

 


Student Discusses Success with MindTap for Communication

Hear about Shaloun Mims, a Freshman at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and her success using MindTap for Communication.

Success Story

Challenge: Student unfamiliar with digital learning products worried that MindTap would be costly and problematic to use

Solution: MindTap for Communication

Results: MindTap—with its eBook, study tools, targeted feedback and affordable price—was easy to access and use on the student’s laptop and phone; she attributed her A in the course in part to MindTap

Read how MindTap helped Shaloun Conquer Communications


Cengage Student Ambassador Empowered by Math

Students begin their higher education journey with the expectation that it will lead to a fulfilling career. While some spend this time determining what that career will be, others know exactly what they want and how to get there. First year Florida State University student Rebecca Caro falls into the second category. Interested in math from an early age, Rebecca is pursuing a degree in actuarial science. In honor of Math Awareness Month, Rebecca shares insight into how math has played a role in her life, leading her to a future in actuarial science.  Cengage: What is actuarial science? Rebecca: Read More…


Criminal Justice Students Get More Employable with MindTap

Guest contributor:  by Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM   Throughout this criminal justice blog series, I have explored the wide range of skills students need to be successful in the criminal justice field. They must be able to exhibit the skills, attributes and behaviors employers want in order to secure a job and develop a career in criminal justice. But, exactly how can and should our students demonstrate their skills to start their careers in criminal justice? Students tend to only consider projects or reports from a capstone course to showcase these employability skills, if at all. Many times these may Read More…


How to Improve Writing Skills with MindTap

Guest Contributor: Scott Rudeen, Ph.D.(ABD), MBA, MA, MSM
Criminal Justice Online Program Chair at Broadview University Careers in criminal justice certainly require a wide variety of skills. In my last blog post, I discussed my challenge to build the decision-making skills of my criminal justice students. Without a doubt, this skill is the foundation for student success as a criminal justice professional. But, if you are an instructor of criminal justice like me, you’ll probably agree another valuable skill is the ability to write accurate and well-written reports. If so, what are the best ways we can give Read More…