Psychology Efficacy

Student Struggles with Time Management and Difficult Exams that Require Rigorous Preparation

When Nia Berry, a sophomore majoring in education, left her hometown in Ohio for Texas Southern University, she was looking for a challenge that would prepare her for the next phase of her life. “I wanted to branch out,” Berry said. “I was afraid if I didn’t take a chance and go somewhere else I’d never leave my hometown.” The challenges Berry found herself facing were daunting; besides managing her time and priorities Berry found it difficult to balance her financial obligations with social activities in which she wished to take part. Eventually, Berry wants to teach reading, language Read More…


Time Management and Difficult Exams Require Rigorous Preparation

Carving out time to study efficiently and effectively while balancing extracurricular activities as well as financial pressures is no easy feat for college students. MindTap streamlines test preparation and helps students study more efficiently and perform better on exams. Courses using MindTap experience greater retention rates and improved critical thinking skills due to students’ ability to personalize study tools to meet their specific needs. Psychology student Nia Berry believes that MindTap helps students better comprehend and retain concepts not included in classroom lectures, and as such she touts MindTap to other students as something that helps them learn to study more effectively in other classes, as well. As a Read More…


Instructor Applauds Seamless Integration of MindTap and Blackboard

Eileen O’Brien teaches psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she has used online course resources for ten years. She was dissatisfied with the first two solutions she used because they didn’t work as they were supposed to—particularly in terms of integrating with the institution’s Blackboard® learning management system. Today, Eileen relies on MindTap® from Cengage Learning and is a contented user.
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Better Engagement, Better Outcomes—MindTap® Proves Its Impact in the Humanities and Social Sciences

In college classrooms across the country, instructors are witnessing the effectiveness of MindTap® in improving academic outcomes and engagement in today’s courses, as well as its ability to transform today’s students into critical thinkers. Research conducted by Cengage Learning—including in-depth conversations with instructors who use MindTap—verifies the digital solution’s positive impact. The data from these instructors’ courses demonstrates multiple successes: strong student engagement with assignments, greater mastery of course content, higher test scores, and overall improved student performance and success rates.

Students recognize MindTap’s advantages, too. They’re telling their instructors that MindTap truly helps them review, understand, and master the course content—and that they enjoy engaging with the content, homework, and learning activities.
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MindTap Helps College Student Overcome Accessibility Issues

Imagine taking one of your first college courses, not being able to hear a word the professor is saying, but still be required to pass an exam on the material. That’s exactly the situation in which Beatrice Bachleda, a freshman at The Ohio State University, found herself. Soon after Bachleda enrolled in an online Introduction to Psychology course she discovered the videos on which the course were based lacked the captioning she requires for comprehension. Without access to an interpreter as she has in traditional classroom settings, Bachleda was forced to request an extension for her first midterm and Read More…


Statistical Content Becomes More Accessible and Student Achievement Gets a Boost with MindTap

Due to her extensive background in research and statistics, Dr. Starlett M. Sinclair became the dedicated instructor for Research Methods and Behavioral Statistics courses when she was hired as full-time faculty and the Assistant Program Director of South University’s undergraduate psychology program. Both courses are a significant part of the psychology major at her school.

Sinclair strives to make statistical content approachable for students, even those who are “math-phobic.” She lets them know that they may be challenged, but that she will give them every resource they need to succeed. She wants to see her students engage with the material, do their best to master it in the timeframe we have, and ultimately succeed academically, and believes that having access to researched, well-designed, intuitive-to-use resources really can make the difference for a student.

After being introduced to MindTap during a focus group at the 2014 American Psychological Association meeting, Sinclair decided to participate in a MindTap pilot program, which would give her students access to the learning solution. In this case study, you’ll read her observations from this pilot, and see how student engagement and achievement were boosted among those students who chose to engage with the material through MindTap.

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MindTap Gives Returning Student the Tools to Succeed in Psychology

Kim Feager started college twenty years ago, but marriage, family, and an accelerating career led her to sideline her quest for a higher education degree. Today, she’s back in school, working full time at another job and attending St. Charles Community College in Missouri at night, where she majors in applied science with an intent to obtain a new career in health care.

Kim has used three different digital products since returning to college. She liked MindTap® Psychology the best for the way it helped her learn concepts and prepare for exams, and for the convenience it provided by allowing her to listen to reading assignments anywhere.

It took Kim some time to get “reacclimated” to being a student, and MindTap made the transition easier by helping her make good use of her study time as she read and completed homework. Kim most appreciated MindTap’s text-to-speech app, ReadSpeaker, which helped her absorb course information anywhere she was able to listen. She also appreciated the visual aspects of MindTap, such as video clips, word activities, and its overall interactivity. MindTap’s assignments also helped Kim see the course concepts she understood, and where she needed to go back for additional help.

In this Student Success Story, you’ll read why Kim credits MindTap for Psychology as a key element in earning an “A” om the class. You’ll read how MindTap engages students like Kim through a learning path that integrates chapter readings, videos, and interactive assignments. You’ll also learn about MindTap’s helpful automatic grading, which gives students immediate feedback on their assignments, so that they always know where they stand.

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Engaging Students with MindTap Leads to Success

A Study of MindTap in Post-secondary College Success, Criminal Justice, Medical Terminology, and Psychology Courses

 
MarketingWorks and SEG Measurement, two independent research firms, conducted a comprehensive study of faculty and student perceptions of MindTap in the fall of 2014.

In a national, semester-long study, a majority of instructors and students in college success, criminal justice, medical terminology, and psychology courses judged MindTap to be effective in helping to teach students the content of their courses. In addition, students using MindTap in psychology courses showed significantly greater growth in psychology knowledge and skills than students who did not use MindTap but did support their learning with other digital tools.

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Student Learning Improves Significantly with MindTap

Peer Reviewed

A study of the impact of Cengage Learning’s MindTap on student learning in post-secondary psychology courses

Cengage Learning is continually studying the impact of our products in the increasingly digital higher education environment. To examine the impact of MindTap on Psychology courses, a large efficacy study was undertaken by two independent research teams. This study collected feedback from students and instructors as well as analyze the results of a standard post-test of subject matter knowledge. Students in classes using MindTap achieved significantly higher psychology post-test scores than students in classes using the same textbooks and other digital resources but without MindTap. All participating instructors felt that MindTap contributed to student learning and to enhancing students’ critical thinking skills. A majority of the participating students felt MindTap made the course more engaging and contributed to improving their grade in the course. The researchers concluded that MindTap can be an effective tool to increase student learning and improve instructor productivity in Psychology.
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