student success

Adaptive Learning Technology Enhances MindTap Cengage Learning and Knewton Partnership

As Education Dive notes, “Adaptive learning is a hot area in education right now,” largely because it promises the ability to provide a learning experience tailored to the specific needs of individual students, measure the efficacy of specific learning activities, and offer recommendations for increasing the levels of student engagement and achievement within each specific course.   Many instructors may, in part, be drawn to this promise because it speaks to their own challenges as educators. In a recent research study, faculty were asked: “What are some of the “pains” you experience teaching your courses to students?”. In response, 73% Read More…


Tips for Students: Help Yourself Become a Success in School

Much as you seek to hone your skills as a professional educator, students can benefit from adopting a “professional” mindset that carries them through a successful academic career.   In FOCUS on College Success, Fourth Edition, Dr. Constance Staley offers ten keys to “academic professionalism,” which we’ve summarized below. Share these suggestions, which can help students increase their confidence and ensure that they “make the grade” in their classes.   1. Make college your priority. You’ve invested a great deal of time, money, and other resources into your college experience. In order to make that investment pay off, you’ll need to consider Read More…


Help Students Improve Their Classroom Performance

This week, we’ve shared a few posts from members of Cengage Learning’s Peer-to-Peer Faculty Development & Consulting team. These posts offer a number of teaching tips and suggestions designed to help you increase your effectiveness in the classroom. But of course, your students can reflect on, build, and hone their effectiveness as students in the classroom as well. In the activity “Your Reflections: Improving Classroom Performance” from her book The Confident Student, Eighth Edition, Carol C. Kanar prompts students to think about the attitudes and behaviors that they exhibit in their best courses and consider the effects that Read More…


Get Plugged In: Ten Attributes of a Successful Online Student

Though students increasingly opt for online courses, many of them are unprepared to work in this environment. This infographic, highlighting the “10 Attributes of a Successful Online Student as listed Joel A. English’s Plugged In: Succeeding as an Online Learner,  lists the practices and attributes of students who succeed in online programs—a great resource to share with your class.  Read More…


Tips for Students: How To Reach Your Academic Goals in College

Upon starting up a brand new semester, every college student is given a fresh opportunity to re-evaluate his or her short- and long-term academic goals. Figuring out what you want to achieve and how you will go about it is no walk in the park, but in her book, 100% Student Success, Third Edition, Gwenn Wilson explains just why buckling down and setting academic goals is so important for college students. Goal setting is an important part of succeeding in college. By setting goals, you accomplish the following:

    You set a ‘road map’ for where you want to go.
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Students Divulge Their Study Habits

As you make your own preparations for the end of the term, your students’ push to study for final examinations, complete research papers, and wrap up final projects is also underway. Even with all your own activities on your mind, you may often stop to wonder what students are thinking and doing at this critical juncture. As part of Cengage Learning’s Student Case Study program, we asked our college student audience a few questions about their study habits. Below, we’ve shared some of the results; see if any of their responses surprise you, or if they align Read More…


Avoiding Procrastination: Top Time Management Tips for College Students

As our lives fill with professional and personal tasks, chores and other time-consuming activities, we begin to stress and wonder how we’ll possibly manage to get it all done. While you’ve fine-tuned your own tricks to help juggle these responsibilities, your students are now facing the challenge of establishing time-management techniques on their own for the very first time. Unfortunately, no matter how much time students are given to complete a project and how much you remind them, every semester you will find some of your students procrastinate. College students may procrastinate on everything from daily reading assignments, Read More…


Activity: Establishing Priorities and Improving Time Management

This week, we’ve discussed a number of time-management strategies for you and your students. We hope they’re helping you discover new ways to make the most of your time! We also realize that at times, students benefit from a hands-on activity that helps them put practical plans into action. For that reason, today, we’re presenting an activity from the Instructor’s Resource Manual for Dianne Hales’ An Invitation to Health: Building Your Future, Brief Eighth Edition, which can help your students learn how to organize their time more effectively and accomplish their daily tasks more efficiently.   Activity #3: Time Management Purpose: To Read More…


Teaching Time Management

While in college, students tend to recognize their need for improved (or refined) time-management practices. In addition to their studies, students often balance jobs, family obligations, volunteer and social activities, and other responsibilities. Even the students with the best intentions may battle with a tendency towards procrastination; others may simply not yet be aware of the tools and strategies that will help them prioritize their time. And of course, they must all deal with the distractions that frequently become time-wasters that could possibly derail the focus and attention they devote to their studies. Given these factors, you Read More…


Promoting the Value of Persistence

Have you heard the saying “persistence pays off”? Or how about “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”? Both of these familiar aphorisms remind us that, if we hope to solve a problem, reach a goal, or achieve a dream, we need to stay the course despite setbacks, hardships, and frustrations. Your goal may have been earning your graduate degree, securing support and funding for an important initiative, completing a triathlon, or attaining another objective that’s close to your heart and mind. For some of your students, the goal may also be to earn a college Read More…