LearnSmart… and Win!

We hear almost daily from instructors about how McGraw-Hill LearnSmart™ is making a difference in their courses. Now we want to give students a chance to tell the world how it is making a difference for them…and to win some cool prizes while they’re at it!

All students who have used LearnSmart this year are welcome to enter by creating a 30-60 second video describing how LearnSmart has made a difference for them. Winning videos will be featured on several McGraw-Hill websites and social media channels, and the top 3 prizes include a $5,000, $2,000, and a $1,000 Scholarship.

Instructors, give your students the chance to win by showing this Powerpoint slide in class or giving out this flyer!

Learn more and enter at LearnSmartandWin.com!

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  October 21 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Improves Grades at Washtenaw Community College!

Professor Robert Hagood knows the value of practice problems in his course, but felt limited in the amount of homework he could assign due to the time it took to manually grade and review it in class. He found that Connect® Physics enabled him to assign a sufficient number of practice problems for students without adding to his grading time or using valuable class time to review. Not only do his students now get immediate feedback on their homework, but Professor Hagood is able to monitor individual student progress, as well as focus on areas of difficulty for entire classes. Read this CASE STUDY to learn how implementing Connect Physics led to a noticeable increase in student engagement and academic performance.

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The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  October 07 2011
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Try It Free Today!

Instructors and students all over the country continue to find that McGraw-Hill LearnSmart helps students perform better on their exams and in their courses. (Read the recently released LearnSmart Effectiveness Study to see how it made a difference for seven different universities across the country.) In order to help students prep for midterms and exams in October, we are making LearnSmart available for three weeks for FREE.

Click here to save time and study smarter with LearnSmart!

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  October 05 2011
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College Readiness Checklist for Students and Parents

If your college-bound child has spent the summer at the beach or at home playing Angry Birds, it’s time for them to get serious about the next phase in their lives.

Twenty-five percent of college students drop out in their freshman year because they are not academically, emotionally or financially prepared for college life and adulthood. Whether students like it or not, college takes planning and preparation.

Parents: here’s a college readiness checklist you can follow to make sure your high school grad is ready for what’s waiting for them on campus:

  • ● Arrange for the child to speak formally to a recent grad about what they wish they’d known heading into college.

  • No one can give your child better advice than a family friend who has recently completed college and found a career in their chosen field. Encourage your child to speak with them about what it takes to be successful and college and what, if anything, they may have done differently. Have your child follow up on the meeting by writing a formal thank you note.

  • ● Teach them the ins-and-outs of their college finances.

  • Students are more likely to take college seriously if they understand how their college finances work. To show them the importance of making the most out of their education on a day-in, day-out basis, go beyond yearly tuition totals and show them the cost breakdown of each individual class. Also show them the benefit that finishing in four years will have on their long-term financial future.

  • ● Have them start building their network – now.

  • Some of the most important connections your child can make in college are ones that begin before they even set foot on campus. Encourage them to speak with their future roommate, other high school classmates who are attending the same college, and student officers in the clubs your child may be interested in joining. Sites like Unigo.com will allow your child to connect with future classmates who may share similar interests. And when your child arrives at school, urge them to be aggressive about participating in activities and meeting new people.

  • ● Give them the opinion section of a major newspaper and ask them to take an opposing viewpoint to an article, even one they agree with.

  • Doing college-level work requires more than just taking what you read at face value and memorizing a bunch of facts – students should practice thinking critically about what they see, hear and read.

  • ● Encourage them to use a digital calendar to keep track of appointments and deadlines.

  • Many students arrive at college not knowing how to manage their time effectively. Digital calendars, such as Google Calendar or Apple’s iCal, can be accessed from a smartphone or tablet, allowing students to stay on top of their schedule no matter where they are.

  • ● Make sure they get to know their faculty advisor.

  • Making big decisions like picking a major or following a career path can be daunting, causing students to put them off as long as possible. Faculty advisors, provided to students by most colleges, can help take the fear out of the process. Make sure your child develops a relationship with their faculty advisor as early as possible to ensure their choices are well informed.

  • ● Show them that they can do more with social media than just post photos on Facebook.

  • College-age students are among the most active users of social media, but how many are aware how it can benefit them academically and professionally? Have your child talk with recent grads who have used social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn to help build their academic network and market themselves as professionals. Additionally, sites like Unigo.com can help students get a feel for their school’s culture before stepping foot on campus.

  • ● Equip them with the right technology.

  • To succeed in college, students need technology that works with the latest tools and systems being used in the classroom. Only a few years ago, this simply meant buying the latest model laptop. These days, as colleges introduce more technology into the classroom, students are using a combination of devices – such as tablets, smartphones and e-readers – to stay on top of their coursework and connect with classmates. Check the school’s technology guidelines before making any major purchases.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  September 19 2011

McGraw-Hill Connect Increases Student Retention and Engagement at University of Cincinnati!

Professor Frank Wray was looking for a solution that would help him to offer all class content online while adapting to his pedagogical style. He found that Connect® Biology not only met this need, but also increased student performance, engagement and retention in all of his courses. Students demonstrated higher mastery of concepts by using LearnSmart adaptive study modules, which monitor student performance and adapt instantly based on their knowledge. Read this CASE STUDY to learn more about his experience with Connect.

“Connect with LearnSmart has helped engage the learner in a way I didn’t think was possible,” noted Professor Wray. He plans to continue to refine his courses within Connect Biology, and to use it for both online and traditional courses.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  September 10 2011
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McGraw-Hill Connect Increases Instructor Efficiency and Student Engagement at Pace University!

An important goal for Pace University has been to offer all of its core courses online, and in 2009, Public Speaking was one of two remaining courses that needed to be modified in order to meet this goal. Professor Maria Luskay was able to change that by creating a comprehensive online course with the tools she found in Connect® Lucas and making the online section just as academically rigorous as the face-to-face course. Read this CASE STUDY to learn how her course became a successful model that was presented to the institution’s Board of Trustees for what online teaching and learning can be.

“Connect is an excellent resource,” Professor Luskay says. “It changes the entire learning process. Students are already online all the time, and with this, they have so many resources at their fingertips that they haven’t had before.” Demand for the online Public Speaking course at Pace University is growing, so they will be offering additional sections with Connect.

The Connect Team

By The Connect Team  |  September 10 2011
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The Connect Team

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