Non-traditional students, many of whom had jobs or families, had difficulty finding the time to come to campus for tutoring assistance. Student-athletes in this institution also had difficulty accessing the on campus tuition service due to heavy practice and game schedules. In addition, student interest in online classes was growing, so this institution tried Smarthinking's online tuition service.Read more
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Valencia College evaluated the efficacy of Smarthinking on online tutoring on student success and persistence.
The findings included:
Students who used both face-to-face and online tutoring had the highest success rates.
Students who used tutoring of any type appeared more likely to be retained while students who used both types of tutoring appeared to have the highest rates of retention term-to-term and year-to-year.
Students identified the prompting of an instructor as the most influential factor in their seeking tutoring assistance.Read more
Mesa Community College (MCC), the largest of ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, prepares its students to succeed in the workforce or to transfer to a four-year college or university. Forty percent of MCC’s students, many of whom are nontraditional students, take an online or hybrid course. To support these students, the college supplements its traditional tutoring services with an online tutoring service. Since 24/7 online tutoring was introduced in 2011, approximately two thousand students have benefited from the service.Read more
Broward’s analysis of spring 2015 results showed an average 84.3 percent success rate among students who used Smarthinking, across all campuses and all courses, compared to an average 66.1 percent success rate for non-users. Withdrawals among Smarthinking users were just 3.7 percent compared with 12.5 percent among non-users.Read more
What students say
We get set homework every week. For me the benefit of MyMathLab is actually working through the examples that we've been taught in class. That's how I learn maths.
Llinos Owen, student, Engineering Maths, University of Liverpool, UK (MyMathLab)
I just wanted to let you know how helpful the Mastering Biology is! It makes me study better, almost forces me to it! And it is a perfect combination between pictures, videos and text. It's genius!
Renee Bakkemo, student, University of Essex (MasteringBiology)
It is like having a teacher by your side, you learn it a lot quicker than usual homework!
Jannick Mikkelsen, student, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark (MyEconLab)
[MyFinanceLab is] like a personal tutor laying the path toward your learning finance.
Fredrik Hannfors, student, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden (MyFinanceLab)
What educators say
Marion Birch and Niels Walet, Manchester University (MasteringPhysics)
Since I've been using it my pass rates have gone up - the first year I used the system it was quite striking.
Carrie Rutherford, London South Bank University, UK (MyMathLab)
Results show that these students performed on average 10% better on the final exam.
Matthew Olczak, Aston University, UK (MyEconLab)
The percentage of students who passed the course increased from 55% to 80%.
Halit Gonenc, University of Groningen, Netherlands (MyFinanceLab)
The number of low performers was lower than in the corresponding exams a year ago.
Jouko Karjalainen, Aalto University, Finland (MasteringPhysics)