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Student Voices Research – Challenging times: Students still struggle with writing and numeracy

Posted on: 21/01/2019 |Written by Jason Bennett, Digital Solutions Marketing Manager, Cengage EMEA

In 2016 research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found that one in ten university students in the UK had numeracy or literacy levels below a level 2 qualification and that these low levels of skills existed across a surprisingly varied group. It’s an issue that remains today and not only in the UK but across many other countries with an increasing number of students arriving at university lacking basic skills.

At Cengage we’ve recently been investigating how students learn, perceive their learning, and their views on the methods and tools that they are using to study. As part of this we asked students which elements of their course they find most challenging and most commonly stated was the ‘writing elements’ (32%), closely followed by ‘data analysis’ (31%) and ‘interpreting data’ (24%).

So, with writing and numeracy being such critical life skills, is this something we should be concerned about, and what can lecturers do to help students improve and boost their confidence?



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Game of Loans: Six steps to student saving

Posted on: 02/10/2017 | Written by: Ursula Grover, Student at University of Southampton

(So you can spend it on the things that matter – like books!)

First things first, ALWAYS check for student discount. Or any discount for that matter. Even if it’s not advertised, it is always worth asking or having a quick look on Google.



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Experiences, Challenges and Perspectives of Adjunct and Associate Instructors

Posted on: 01/09/2017 | Edited by: Nicole Reinard

Adjuncts’ top priorities are to share knowledge and make a difference in the lives of their students. And yet, many still feel disconnected and less valued than full-time faculty because they believe they have to try harder in order to prove themselves. Most adjunct and associate faculty hold master’s degrees or a PhD, and because several of them have professional/real-world experience in the course area they teach, they can bring that extra value to the classroom.


Legally Blind Student Gains Independence with MindTap for Nutrition

Posted on: 01/09/2017 | Edited by: Lindsey Gill

Nicole Kada, a legally blind student at Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has gained independence and confidence with MindTap as she pursues a new career.

The Challenge is traditional course materials made learning difficult for Nicole, as she’s legally blind.