student success

Six Ways to Address College Students’ Time Pressures

In order for students to succeed in college,they must learn to manage their time effectively. And, in order to create schedules that adequately reflect their priorities and commitments, they must be fully aware of all the responsibilities that place demands on their time.

From your position as an instructor, it can be helpful to be aware of the challenges that today’s students face, so that you can address them if the need arises.

In our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked college students: “What factors have an effect on how you manage your time, now that you’re in college?” Below, we’ve summarized many of the common time pressures they share, and offer you some solutions for addressing these challenges in your courses.

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Peer-to-Peer Learning: Tips from a Tutor Turned Author

It’s every professor’s dream to have a student learn a subject so well that he goes on to tutor his peers in it. To have him tutor so well that he publishes a study guide, though, is beyond imagination! That’s exactly what Michael Rosen did in 2008 as a student tutor at the University of Delaware. We spoke with him about his experiences leading up to writing The Guide to Surviving Chemistry, Second Edition.

Michael, what motivated you to make the jump from stellar general chemistry student to general chemistry tutor?

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Cool Icebreakers for College Courses

As the Fall term approaches, you’re getting ready to welcome a new set of students into your classroom. To foster lively discussion and interaction throughout the course of the term, it can help to devote time at the beginning of class to activities that encourage students to engage with, and become familiar with, one another. Below, we’ve shared three icebreakers for college courses. These enjoyable activities can help your students get acquainted, while also learning valuable student success skills, as well as important information about your course.

Three Great Icebreakers for College Courses

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The Value of the College Library

We all know students must, at some point, use the college library. Some may love the experience; others may dread it. But would they say the value what it has to offer them? In our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked: “Does the library and its resources provide value to your academic and career goals?” Nearly three thousand students responded; 89% agreed that the library is, indeed, a valuable asset. Likewise, we asked instructors: “Does the library and its resources provide value to your instruction and career goals?” Of the 682 people who responded, 79% said yes. Going Read More…


Top Four Reasons Students Use Their College Library

The college library is an important hub of campus life. There, you can check out books, conduct your research, find a quiet place to study, and maybe even flip through a magazine. What’s more, today’s college libraries extend their reach out into the Internet, making many services and resources accessible right from their websites. But how are students using this great wealth of resources? To better understand college students’ study habits, we wanted to explore how, and why, they use their school’s library. So, in our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked: What do you do when you’re at your college library? Nearly 3,000 students Read More…


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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How College Promotes Students’ Personal Development

As college students take their courses, they’ll gain much beyond the academic benefit. Through their courses, and through the guidance of instructors like you, students can develop attitudes and skills that help them gain confidence, work well with others, and better understand themselves and the world around them. We wanted to learn more about students’ opinions on the ways that college has provided them with opportunities to develop the skills, traits, and attitudes that will prove meaningful as they pursue their future goals. So, in our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked several questions that gave us Read More…


The College Experience, in One Word

What words come to mind when you think about the college experience? Motivating? Inspirational? Challenging? Exhilarating? Exhausting? Necessary? Worthwhile?

Have something in mind? Now let’s hear what students had to say! During the 2014 NerdNation convention, we asked several members of Phi Theta Kappa: If you could describe your college experience in word, what would that be? Their answers will encourage and surprise you… and give you a smile as well!
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College Success Advice: Time Management

When you think about the attitudes and behaviors that lead to college success, which are among the first to spring to mind? If you’re like us, “time management skills” certainly appear near the top of the list.

During Phi Theta Kappa‘s 2014 NerdNation convention, we had conversations with numerous attendees and talked to them about the skills and strategies they use to achieve college success. When we asked “What do you think is key to being successful in college?,” we received many thoughtful answers, several of which centered around the importance of effective time management.

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Student Insights: How Aplia Made Me Better Prepared for Class

In the video below, students from Phi Theta Kappa’s 2014 NerdNation convention discuss how Cengage Learning’s Aplia boosted their skills, engaged them through relevant resources, and and made them better prepared for class.

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