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MindTap College Success for On Course Study Skills Plus Edition 3rd Edition

Skip Downing

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MindTap® College Success for Downing's On Course Study Skills Plus, 3rd Edition is the digital learning solution that powers students from memorization to mastery. It gives you complete control of your course—to provide engaging content, to challenge every individual, and to build their confidence. Empower students to accelerate their progress with MindTap. MindTap: Powered by You. MindTap features self-assessments that correspond with Toolbox for Active Learners and enable students to monitor progress. The learning path contains student videos, animated videos on key topics, interactive quizzes, Aplia homework, and journal entries. MindTap also measures the College Success Factors Index (CSFI) for the 10 areas that affect college success. Identify at-risk students, validate your college success program, and improve retention rates. Remediation helps students strengthen areas of need for greater success.

Skip Downing,

Skip Downing is an international consultant in the field of faculty development and student success strategies. Dr. Downing has earned degrees from Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Santa Monica, and Carnegie Mellon University. He holds advanced degrees in both English and counseling psychology. He was professor of English at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) for 32 years. In addition to his role as an academic instructor, Dr. Downing created and coordinated BCCC's Student Success and Learning Community Programs. These programs teach students how to apply proven success strategies to achieve their full potential in college and in life. The College Success Program resulted in a significant increase in both student academic success and retention. Dr. Downing has made numerous presentations at national conferences and conducted faculty development workshops at many two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the Virgin Islands. Dr. Downing's teaching, writing, and consulting are all guided by his belief that the greatest mission of any educational institution is to empower its students to live rich, fulfilling lives. Since 1996, he has facilitated the On Course Workshops, intensive four-day retreats for college educators focusing on proven strategies for helping students become active, responsible partners in their education and achieve greater success in college and in life.
  • MindTap helps streamline your workflow with carefully curated content and a unique set of tools, saving you valuable time in your course preparations. In addition, it automatically grades assignments and quizzes while also providing students with instant feedback on their work.
  • Build and personalize your course by integrating your own content into the MindTap Reader using your own documents or pull from sources like RSS feeds, YouTube videos, websites, Google Docs and more. Control what content students see and when they see it with a learning path that can be used as-is or matched to your syllabus exactly.
  • Empower students with the information to know where they stand at all times—both individually and compared to the highest performers in class within the student view of the Progress app.
  • Engage students with course material specially customized for them by you streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface.
  • Provide students with organizational and study tools designed to better manage their limited time, allowing them to complete assignments whenever and wherever they are ready to learn.
  • Save students money in their course materials with a single destination that reflects exactly what’s important to you, the instructor.
  • Assign the On Course self-assessments—both the original “soft skills” assessment and a brand-new one specifically on study skills—and allow students to automatically have their results scored as well as easily compare their pre- and post-assessment scores to appreciate their growth as a result of the course. Quickly generate a report showing all of your students’ pre- and post-test scores from both assessments.
  • Have your students watch the One Student’s Story videos and animated videos on key topics for additional perspectives on important course content.
  • Use the interactive chapter quizzes and chapter-specific Aplia homework to assess your students’ grasp of the material, and have them submit their journal entries through MindTap in a portfolio format that allows them to access their responses even after your course ends.
  • Assign the College Success Factors Index (CSFI) to assess your students' patterns of behavior and attitudes in ten areas that have been proven by research to affect college success outcomes, easily identify at-risk students with early-alert reporting, validate your college success program with a post-course assessment of students' progress, and improve retention rates. On Course-specific remediation helps your students strengthen the areas where their results indicate they need improvement in order to achieve greater success in college.
  • Track students in real time with the Progress app—adjust the course as needed based on analytics of interactivity in the course.
  • With the MindTap mobile app, you can keep your students informed of assignments, course due dates, or any changes to your course while also arming them with on-the-go study tools like flashcards and quizzing.
College Success Factors Index for ON COURSE.
1. Getting On Course to Your Success.
Assess Your Soft Skills for College Success.
2. Accepting Personal Responsibility.
3. Discovering Self-Motivation.
4. Mastering Self-Management.
5. Employing Interdependence.
6. Gaining Self-Awareness.
7. Adopting Lifelong Learning.
8. Developing Emotional Intelligence.
9. Staying On Course to Your Success.
Study Skills: A Toolbox for Active Learners.
Assess Your Study Skills for College Success—Again.
Q&A with the Author.
Each MindTap product offers the full, mobile-ready textbook combined with superior and proven learning tools at one affordable price. Students who purchase digital access can add a print option at any time when a print option is available for their course.

This Cengage solution can be seamlessly integrated into most Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and more) but does require a different ISBN for access codes. Please work with your Cengage Learning Consultant to ensure the proper course set up and ordering information. For additional information, please visit the LMS Integration site.

Standalone Digital Access — Ultimate Value

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  • ISBN-10: 1305647122
  • ISBN-13: 9781305647121
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $76.00
  • RETAIL $76.00

Digital Access + Print — Flexible Value

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  • ISBN-10: 1337060534
  • ISBN-13: 9781337060530
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $72.00
  • RETAIL $95.95

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"MindTap's greatest strengths are the progress tracking and the ability to add [your own] materials that are gradable."

"I'm convinced that the higher course ratings and grades were, in large part, a result of students’ engagement. It was an unmitigated success."

"Almost across the board, students using MindTap improved on the main learning objectives of the class ...I've never seen any results like this."

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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Companion Website

ISBN: 9781305633520
Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of book-specific lecture and class tools is available online via Access and download PowerPoint presentations, images, instructor's manual, videos, and more.

Facilitator's Manual

ISBN: 9781305647671
This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.