student success stories

Students Speak Out About CengageNOWv2

The majority of more than 500 students using CengageNOWv2 in a variety of accounting classes responded favorably to questions about their experience. These students attend a mix of two-year and four-year institutions, and are taking their accounting classes in face-to-face, online, or blended formats.
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Tax Student Gains Critical Thinking Skills, Efficiency, and Concept Mastery with CengageNOW for Tax

Nina Messery, a full-time student at William Patterson University in New Jersey, is deep into her accounting classes as she shoots for her goal of becoming CPA certified and working toward a job in the public accounting field. As a junior, Messery is quickly learning that her discipline-specific courses are becoming more challenging, and as
such, require better preparation and concept mastery. But, like many college students, she admits she waits too long to get started with some assignments, which can add to her daily stress. Her current tax class is the only course in which she’s currently Read More…


Columbia University Student Focus Group Results

A group of students at Columbia University reviewed the calculus-based textbook Physics for Scientists and Engineers, written by Dr. Debora Katz. The students were part of a physics class led by instructor Dr. Jeremy Dodd. Of the sixteen students who submitted survey responses, six are majoring in a type of physics and seven are engineering majors.
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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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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…


Paramedic-MPA Candidate Showcases His Skills with Pathbrite

Brian Christison is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Southern California. He also has ten years under his belt as a paramedic in San Diego, where he participates in a pioneering emergency services program. By all measures, his performance both academically and professionally has been first-rate.

Even standouts like Brian need tools to help them showcase their skills and accomplishments in today’s business environment—and for that, Brian has a Pathbrite e-portfolio. He learned about Pathbrite when he was required to create a personal brand portfolio for a Human Behavior in Public Organizations course. Recognizing Pathbrite’s value, he has continued to update it.

In this Student Success Story, you’ll learn more about the reasons why Brian, and others like him, have found Pathbrite so valuable. Discover the features that make it easy to create a compelling, visually striking digital portfolio that allows individuals to showcase their skills and experience—and differentiate themselves in a competitive business environment. You’ll also read how Pathbrite can be used by both students and instructors within the higher-education environment.

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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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Freshman Challenged with Responsibilities and Financial Pressure of Paying for College

Hannah Wallace is a Criminal Justice major at Texas Christian University. Like many students, she faces financial pressures, and often finds it a challenge to balance school and work. Adding to Wallace’s financial responsibilities is her dream of attending a top-notch law school after graduating from TCU.

To keep up with the demands of her coursework, Wallace turned to Cengage Learning’s MindTap tool, a digital learning solution that helps students become critical thinkers by customizing learning experiences, providing real time mobile access, and the ability to track individual student performance to help achieve her academic and financial goals.

Besides making test preparation more efficient, Wallace credits MindTap’s search function with helping her create customized learning sheets that assist in test preparation. Rather than scouring the entire textbook, Wallace’s keyword search results in a collection of items, organized by importance, she then uses to narrow her focus. The platform’s vocabulary quizzes and flashcards, which condense complex information into more manageable bite-sized data pieces, serve as conduits to greater comprehension in subjects outside of Wallace’s major.

Besides the breadth MindTap offers, Wallace also praises the depth with which it provides students. The result, according to Wallace, is a much more thorough understanding of how theory is applied outside the classroom.

In this Student Success Story, you’ll see how MindTap streamlines test preparation, which saves time and allows students to devote time to their other important responsibilities, like their jobs and families. You’ll also see how its learning tools improve students’ academic performance.

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Future Attorney Credits MindTap for Time Management Skills and Better Grade in Criminal Justice

After graduating from Texas Christian University, Carly Stacey plans to attend law school and become an attorney. It’s a goal she believes will now be easier to achieve with Cengage Learning’s MindTap tool, a digital learning solution that helps students become critical thinkers by customizing learning experiences, providing real time mobile access, and the ability to track individual student performance with helping her better manage time and prepare more thoroughly for exams.

Unlike other educational technologies she has used, Carly says MindTap provides her with the courage required to stick her neck out when reaching for academic greatness. Specifically, she cites the pre-test assessments that gauge her understanding without harming her actual grade.

Carly relies on MindTap to prepare for exams and says the tool provides detail and context even rich classroom lectures do not. Carly also credits MindTap with building her critical-thinking skills, which she recognizes are necessary to her success as an attorney.

In this success story, you’ll read more about MindTap’s ability to prompt deeper concept comprehension, which results in improved academic performance.

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Student Athlete Challenged With Managing Time and Commitments In and Out of the Classroom

As a physical therapy major, Bailey Sullivan hopes one day to help others recover and move about free of pain and discomfort. However, the Texas Christian University freshman recently experienced some discomfort of her own and needed help navigating her commitments with school work.

While Sullivan has always considered herself a good student, she found the importance and weight given to college exams intimidating. Sullivan credits Cengage Learning’s MindTap tool, a digital learning solution that
helps students become better critical thinkers, providing real-time mobile access, and the ability to track individual student performance, with helping her better manage time and prepare more thoroughly for exams.

In this Student Success Story, you’ll read how Sullivan’s engagement has increased, as she’s seen how to apply what she’s learning in class to real-life scenarios. You’ll also see how MindTap’s features (such as its pre-tests, chapter-specific lessons, flashcards, and quizzes) have built Sullivan’s confidence and helped her build stronger study habits.

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