student success

Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism

If your course involves a research project, or if you’re teaching students the skills related to information literacy, you likely address the topic of plagiarism as it relates to their work. Though some students may readily recognize the seriousness of the matter, it may not “sink in” for others quite so easily. To ensure that all students grasp the impact that plagiarism could have on their academic careers, it pays to discuss it in earnest. In the Annotated Instructor’s Edition for FOCUS on College Success, Fourth Edition, Dr. Constance Staley recommends the following in-class activity, which can prompt students to Read More…


Successful Study Habits: Tips for Students, From Students

Think back to your college days. Whose advice about the “ins and outs” of life on campus did you most appreciate? In all likelihood, the insights you heard and received from your peers weighed fairly heavily in your decision-making process. After all, they’d already experienced many of the same challenges that you’d be facing, and therefore, their advice on such matters was tested and trustworthy.   Below, several participants in Cengage Learning’s Student Case Study Program pass along the successful study habits that they’d recommend to new college students as they prepare to enter college. ​Feel free to share the advice Read More…


Student Voices: Achieving My Academic Goals

Along the path to achieving their academic goals, students will experience challenges, surprises, obstacles, and triumphs. If they apply themselves, they’ll learn diligence and discipline, and get to know themselves better in the process.  What’s more, the skills, observations, and experiences they gain in college will help them as they transition into their future careers.   In today’s post, members of Cengage Learning’s Student Case Study program describe the actions and attitudes that have helped them reach their academic goals and succeed in college. Read their responses, and share your own tips for experiencing academic success in the comments section below. You Read More…


What is an Instructor’s Most Valuable Trait?

Ask any college student, and you’ll surely hear a number of different reasons why they value their instructors: from the knowledge they possess, to the way they present course material, to the energy they bring to every class session. But what do they find most valuable in an instructor? Would they say the same things that you believe they’d say?

In recent polls, we asked both students and the Engaging Minds readership: What do students most value in an instructor? Take a look at the responses below:

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How Students Stay Motivated in College

Our readers have shown great interest in our posts that address a variety of ideas and strategies for motivating students, and we’re always interested in your perspective on the topic as well. We’re also eager to investigate what students have to say on a variety of topics, and we believe that you are, too!

In a recent poll, Cengage Learning asked college students: What keeps you going throughout the day? We were also curious about what instructors believe keeps students going throughout the day, so we asked the Engaging Minds audience to provide their insights, too.  Here’s how they responded: Read More…


Students Answer: What is the Key to Doing Well in College Courses?

Student success is certainly a top priority for college instructors, as well as the librarians that work on campus. Of course, students also want to succeed; after all, most of them are attending college in order to earn a degree or certification that prepares them for their futures, and it behooves them to do well, so that they can graduate or pass the professional certification exams that serve as evidence of their education, experience, or aptitude.

Though the end goal of student success may be the same for students and instructors, we were curious to learn students’ perspective on the key to college success. So, recently, Cengage Learning polled college students and asked: What’s the key to doing well in a course?

The poll presented several answer choices: loving the topic; keeping up with the assignments; active class participation; studying with others; and open communication between instructors and students. In addition, we gave students the option of responding “all of the above,” and we also provided the chance to indicate that something else was the key factor in college success. The results? Read More…


Attend the 2014 TeamUP National Student Success Conference!

On June 12 to 13, join TeamUP Cengage Learning Peer-to-Peer Faculty Development for the 2014 Cengage Learning National Student Success Conference in Chicago! This year, our theme is Fast Forward: Inventing the Future of College Success. You’ll explore topics such as critical thinking, resilience, learning technologies, career readiness, and much more! You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to gather, collaborate, and discuss effective techniques with colleagues from around the country. Review the agenda and learn more about the topics and speakers. For more information, visit the 2014 Cengage Learning National Student Success Conference website. Registration is required, but there is no fee to Read More…


Tips for Taking Online Exams

For some students, taking an online exam is a new and somewhat bewildering experience. They don’t know what to expect, and aren’t certain of the skills and strategies that will enable them to perform at their best. On a good note, many of the steps they’d take to complete an online exam are quite similar to those that they’d engage in as they prepare for an in-class test; however, the online environment does present some differences that warrant a bit of extra awareness and preparation. Read More…


Steps Toward Greater Confidence on Math Exams

Many students do indeed experience serious math anxiety. For these students, an upcoming exam is an especially tense time—and they may be seeking ways to prepare themselves for the content of the exam, as well as those stressful feelings that they face before, during, and after the test.   Below, we’ve shared several steps that students can take to reduce their math anxiety and increase their confidence come test time. The tips, which we’ve adapted from Cynthia A. Arem’s  Conquering Math Anxiety, Third Edition, are practical and straightforward—and thus ideal for just about any student who’s in need of some extra Read More…


Creating a Study Schedule for Exam Time

At any time of year, creating and keeping to a schedule can help each one of us stay focused on our priorities and engage in the activities that enable us to reach our goals. But when exam time comes around, it’s especially important that students manage their days well, so that they don’t end up either overburdened or underprepared. For this reason, authors Walter Pauk and Ross J.Q. Owens recommend that students create an exam-week schedule, as described in their book How to Study in College, Eleventh Edition. This plan helps students prioritize their activities while still Read More…