student success stories

Two Times the Engagement: Enhanced WebAssign and Aplia Aid in Conceptual Learning

Shahrukh Ali has his sights set on opening his own businesses. But first, the Wharton County (TX) Junior College freshman must master the basics, so he elected a full-time schedule of Biology, Calculus, Economics, Humanities and English courses. Shahrukh wants to earn his degree in MIS and Supply Chain from the University of Texas, so he knows he must keep his grades high in junior college. Fortunately, this student has two powerful resources in his corner: Aplia and Enhanced WebAssign.

Shahrukh says he prefers the flexibility of online classes and appreciates the way his Cengage Learning online resources complement his coursework. He uses Aplia for his online Economics class, and Enhanced WebAssign for the hybrid Calculus course.

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Working While Attending College Requires Organization and Efficiency—and Better Study Habits Thanks to Enhanced WebAssign

While attending classes full time during his freshman year at Wharton County Junior College, Adnan Prasla also held down a job and managed to enjoy a bit of free time. Demanding classes such as microeconomics, geology and history required significant study time and a commitment to making sure things got done as efficiently as possible, in order to not fall behind.

Adnan’s Calculus professor gave students the link that allowed them to choose the Enhanced WebAssign option with Stewart’s Calculus, Seventh Edition. He found Enhanced WebAssign to be helpful, and
especially liked the program’s features that walked him step-by-step through the material. The videos were a bonus for Adnan, as they allowed him to see how to solve a problem, which led to faster and greater understanding. Instant feedback gave him a chance to ‘get it right’ before submitting his assignments, and the tutorials in Enhanced WebAssign allowed him to catch up on any work he might have missed.

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Aplia® for Statistics Helps Busy Student Work Faster, More Efficiently, and Master Concepts

Focused and devoted to her studies, Anne Shoemake, a student studying human services at Wharton County Community College, will finish her Associate’s Degree in December 2014, and will then move on to a 4-year university to finish her studies and secure a master’s degree. While studying for her AA degree, Anne worked as an intern for the district attorney’s office, in the special victim’s unit/crisis center, and also worked as a nanny.

Knowing that time would be limited as she juggled class, her job, and a demanding internship, Anne took as many online courses as she could, which allowed her to work at her own pace and when she had the time. Her courses required significant study hours, and she found that being able to study online and get the review and reinforcement it offered made it easier for her to manage her time and retain what she was learning.

She approached her statistics course with trepidation, thinking it would be a challenge. Using the textbook and Aplia for Statistics, she was pleasantly surprised at how well she caught on. Read More…


Aplia Keeps Statistics Student On Track for Success

Allyson Penny, a freshman at Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, TX), combines 12 classroom credit hours in English, history, statistics and government with a part-time job at a daycare center. Her instructor assigned Aplia for use in her Statistics course.

Allyson found that Aplia’s practice problems, assignments, in-depth explanations, and e-mail reminders helped her manage her time and become better prepared for exams.

She notes: “Aplia definitely helped me succeed because I actually understood what I was learning…. I was actually solving the equations and comprehending what I was learning.” Read More…


Enhanced WebAssign Makes the Grade for a Busy Student

Hunter Kesler is a high school senior earning 9 credit hours at Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, Texas), and plans to attend University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Belton, Texas) in the fall of 2014. As a Business Management major, Hunter hopes to start his career as an employee and eventually become an entrepreneur running his own business. He takes three online courses through Wharton – Composition 2, Sociology, and Calculus. For his Calculus course, Hunter uses Enhanced WebAssign.

When he enrolled in Calculus at Wharton, Hunter was hesitant at first. But because the course used Enhanced WebAssign, Hunter was better able to stay ahead of readings, assignments, and exams. After using Enhanced WebAssign, Hunter found the results more than met his expectations. The online solution, he says, “is a main part of our class and definitely helped me get an A.” Read More…


Enhanced WebAssign® Makes Math “More” for Students

Nicola Rough, a student at Arizona State University, is incredibly busy, with little free time on her hands for much other than her schooling. Whenever she is not in class or lecture, she is studying and completing assignments outside of class. She loves her classes and considers herself a student who is on top of her game. Currently she is enrolled in many general education courses that require much of her time and attention. Many of them are taught in large lecture halls, but there are a few, like her Calculus course, which are considered “hybrid” courses. These take place both inside and outside of the classroom, meeting once a week and requiring time online using digital homework solutions.

Calculus, as a hybrid course, requires the student to spend a significant amount of additional study time outside the traditional classroom. Nicola’s class employs Enhanced WebAssign® (EWA) as a digital solution for teaching subject material, completing assignments, providing study tutorials and reviews, etc. Additionally, EWA features email reminders and different notifications for the completion of assignments, as well as “keeping everything in one spot” for easy accessibility of all course materials.

Nicola has found EWA to be a terrific help – she is able to complete her assignments whenever she likes and with all of the resources she needs at her fingertips. Read More…


MindTap, CourseMate, and Aplia: A Dynamic Learning Trio for Students!

Melody Dashora is not a typical student. A business administration major at Bellevue College in Washington, Melody plans to finish her associate’s degree in fewer than fourteen months and then move to a four-year institution to study international law. This fast-paced schedule would be difficult for any full-time student — but Melody does it while raising three children. She attributes her success in part to digital learning solutions such as MindTap, CourseMate, and Aplia from Cengage Learning. Read More…