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MindTap Promotes Student Success

Free to teach their own way, instructors who use MindTap can craft learning experiences that reflect their unique passion and priorities. Students then immerse themselves digitally into this curated content that meets them where they are and where they learn, ultimately driving engagement and content mastery.

This report demonstrates the success instructors and students achieve when using MindTap in their courses. The statistics in this report were compiled by analyzing MindTap case studies conducted between 2016–2021. 

Targeting individual student needs, MindTap leads to:


Greater Student Engagement

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Better Comprehension & Higher Grades

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More Confidence

17% increase in homework score. 7 out of 10 students said MindTap increased their course engagement

Engaged Learners Succeed

Data shows students who frequently use digital platforms in school have more interactions with instructors and peers than those not using digital platforms.1

Digital users were also more likely to study regularly throughout the semester and were significantly less likely to have missed class.1

With 48% of adults ages 18-29 stating they are "constantly online” 2, ensuring students have access to their eTextbook on their mobile devices is key and can help students complete their reading assignments on the go.

Our mobile app, Cengage Read offers students 24/7, online/offline access to their eTextbook—all in the palm of their hand.

“Engagement has been a big challenge that was resolved with MindTap. Students now have hands-on examples of how the concepts work in real-world applications."

Lauryn De George
Senior Instructor
University of Central Florida

“I’ve found that students become more engaged when they are able to practice applying theoretical constructs to real-life experiences in real time."

Sharon Alston
Assistant Professor
Norfolk State University

GPA Improved 15% with MindTap, Students were 16% more likely to pass the course

Better Comprehension, Higher Grades

Frequent users of digital platforms are significantly more likely to expect good grades and course success than students who only occasionally, or never use digital.1 Students also achieve good grades when they comprehend key concepts within their course. This is done when instructors implement a learning experience that combines visual, verbal auditory, written and active instruction. This experience fosters active cognitive processing and meaningful learning for students when using a fully online or hybrid course format.

MindTap possesses a learning path that introduces key concepts from the onset of a course and progresses from understanding to application. Instructors can personalize their MindTap learning path, making it more relevant and engaging for students.

MindTap also contains interactive homework and quizzes that further support student comprehension and application of key concepts and students can easily track their course performance, identify challenging topic areas and receive on-the-spot feedback from their instructors.

“My class averages were about 70% before implementing MindTap. Now they are in the 80th percentile."

Terry Weideman
Adjunct Professor
Oakland Community College

“My students performed better on tests because of the use of MindTap assignments [and] the feedback provided when entering an incorrect answer."

Susan Clark
Senior Lecturer
The Ohio State University

73% increased confidence

Learners Build Confidence & Aim Higher

71% of students said MindTap made them more motivated to learn. But with increasing demands and frequent changes to the environment of education, how can educators keep up with the tools and guidance modern students need to excel? Smart use of MindTap can help.

“Personalized and connected learning experiences” are recommended by the US Department of Education.MindTap enables instructors to create these experiences and nurtures students by sharing notes and highlighting eTextbook content directly within the platform. Instructors can also add their own content into the learning path to further personalize their course and engage students their way.

“My students’ use of MindTap increased their confidence, persistence, and success."

Scott Seagle
Adjunct Professor
Ocean County College

“[MindTap] gives [students] an opportunity to learn from their mistakes without penalties. As a result, students gain self-esteem and are willing to push themselves."

Alex Mata
Associate Professor
San Diego Miramar College

What Will You Do with MindTap?

Through our research, we’ve seen how MindTap positively impacts students’ learning experience by encouraging engagement with course content, increasing understanding and building confidence—resulting in higher grades and better outcomes.

Find out if there’s a MindTap solution that fits your course today.


Quantitative and qualitative data was compiled from 120 institutions, over 12,200 students and 61 separate studies between Fall 2016 and Spring 2021. These include course grades, test and assignment scores, learner and instructor surveys and interviews. Studies also collected data from non-MindTap users, allowing for direct comparisons on the impact of MindTap on academic outcomes.



1 Student Confidence Survey Analysis, July 2017, Cengage.
2 About three-in-ten U.S. adults say they are 'almost constantly' online, Pew Research Center. 
3 U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology, Reimagining the Role of Technology in Higher Education: A Supplement to the National Education Technology Plan, Washington, D.C., 2017.