Mathematics Success Stories

Student Ambassador Finds Enhanced WebAssign® “Taylor-Made” to Help with Math Skills

Taylor Dougherty’s first digital learning experience was in pre-calculus as a college freshman, when she was “crazy busy” with a full course load and a full-time job. She’s a conscientious student, but felt intimidated because she doesn’t like mathematics. Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA), which was required for homework and tests, proved to be a blessing. “I had a difficult time understanding my professor, so I relied on Enhanced WebAssign a lot,” she recalls. “It really helped me with the skills I needed to get through the course.” Taylor takes online courses whenever possible, as she appreciates the flexibility to carve Read More…


Students Seek Help for Math Anxiety and Find it with Enhanced WebAssign

Overcoming fear is certainly not an official subject major at the City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY BMCC), but for a handful of developmental math students there, it sure felt like it. For many students, who suffer from what’s often called “math anxiety,” the fear of failing yet another math class was real. Skipping class due to math anxiety is not uncommon for college students who have histories with mathematics struggles. However, the developmental math course is an important requirement on the path to graduation and enrollment at four-year schools… and thus, passing the course is of great importance.

Cengage Learning’s Enhanced WebAssign (EWA), a cloud-based learning and feedback tool designed to promote critical thinking, automate the grading process, and provide students and instructors with real-time performance evaluations and results, has helped many of CUNY BMCC’s students navigate the rough waters mathematics can often produce.

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Mathematics Journey with Enhanced WebAssign® Saves Time, Provides Better Service, and Improves Engagement and Test Scores

For twenty-eight years, Anna Cox has been teaching all levels of mathematics from numerical skills through calculus at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan. As an innovator always looking for new ways to use technology to engage students, Anna has taken a unique approach to teaching her courses. Anna’s class is currently taught using what she describes as a “hybrid flipped” model. On their time, students watch videos and take notes on a corresponding worksheet; then, in class, Anna summarizes the material, then spends the majority of class time on problem solving activities, which generally take place at the classroom’s whiteboards.

After learning more about Mathematics Journey with Enhanced WebAssign during the the 2014 American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges meeting, Anna decided to pilot it in her Intermediate Algebra course. Once she began the pilot semester, Anna found that the solution was a natural fit for her hybrid flipped classroom.

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Student Exceeds Her Own Expectations with Enhanced WebAssign

Sabrina Green says she studies every chance she gets—the trick is finding the chance. A full-time student at Borough of Manhattan Community College, she also works afternoons and evenings. Having a full schedule can be stressful, and adding a math course to the mix raises the anxiety level even higher for many, including Sabrina. Thanks to Enhanced WebAssign (EWA), which provided online guidance in elementary algebra whenever she needed it, her fears dissipated and she earned a better grade (by far) than she expected.
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Enhanced WebAssign Helps Intimidated Student Get Excited about Math

A few years ago, Columbus State University graduate Danielle Washington wouldn’t have said that she liked math. In fact, she’d have said just the opposite. But thanks to a positive experience at the Georgia institution, made possible by a relevant course, a dedicated instructor, and a full-featured online learning tool — Enhanced WebAssign (EWA) — Danielle made a 180-degree turn in her attitude.

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Enhanced WebAssign Alleviates Math Phobia in Returning Student

Amanda Whitworth is a full-time student and part-time history tutor at Columbus State University in Georgia. Having been out of school for seventeen years before returning to college, Amanda was particularly anxious about taking mathematics.

Although the Mathematical Modeling course had an instructor who presented concepts and offered guidance, all homework, review materials, and tests were in Enhanced WebAssign. The online resource immediately alleviated Amanda’s anxiety. EWA was particularly helpful because she could go back, review, and do problems as many times as she wanted. What’s more, many of the Enhanced WebAssign problems were word problems, which Amanda says fostered development of critical thinking and helped her see how math can be used and applied every day.

In addition to overcoming her anxiety, Amanda received a grade that helped her GPA. What’s more: over a year later, she took an Economics course, and realized that she had retained the skills she’d learned in that previous mathematics course.

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Thanks to Enhanced WebAssign, Busy Student has Better Study Habits—and a Good Grade

Zak Kucera, a full-time sophomore at Northwestern University, knows what it’s like to feel frazzled. With short, intense quarters packed with classes like microeconomics, monopoly and antitrust, and geography, staying focused and on top of his studies is essential in order to not fall behind, and then find himself without the time necessary to catch up.

For his essential calculus course, the required materials included Essential Calculus from Cengage Learning, as well as Enhanced WebAssign. Zak found that he enjoyed Enhanced WebAssign right off the bat, as he usually does well with online programs. He felt that the program was not only a time saver but helped him master the concepts and retain what he was learning. At the end of the course, Zak ended up with an A-, which made him very happy.

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Enhanced WebAssign Allows Student to Study Around her Schedule, Save Money, and Improve Skills

With the goal of attending Texas Tech in Lubbock in her future, Victoria knows she would like to earn a degree in engineering, and feels that by selecting mechanical engineering as her specialty, more career opportunities will come her way. Currently she is taking some of her math and science prerequisites, like general chemistry and calculus, while working part time for her father, studying, and making time for exercise and fun, including kick boxing.

In her calculus course, the professor would go over notes and questions in class, but the majority of the course was online, via Enhanced WebAssign. She considers herself to be somewhat tech savvy, and she enjoys her classes. Though she was surprised at first, she ended up doing well in her class and enjoying
the use of Enhanced WebAssign due to its ease of use, flexibility and affordability.

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Future Veterinarian Aces Calculus with Support from Enhanced WebAssign®

Suzanne Costner recently took Calculus at her alma mater, Cleveland Community College in North Carolina, as a pre-requisite for veterinary school at North Carolina State University. She and her fellow students meet with the course instructor every Monday to ask questions and go over the previous week’s homework problems, which students complete online, on their own time, in Enhanced WebAssign (EWA).

Suzanne enjoys being a student, studies hard, likes using computers, and, not surprisingly, has excelled in academics. She works during the week, so studies primarily on weekends and when she finds spare hours on weekdays. Accustomed to using online resources, Suzanne expected EWA to be helpful, especially in preparing for quizzes and tests. She wasn’t disappointed, noting that EWA provided more examples and more context than another company’s online math homework solution that she had used previously. Suzanne attributes her strong performance on tests to EWA.

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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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