LaunchPad Solo contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click here to go to the landing page of LaunchPad Solo for College Success.
What resources are available for my students?
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
LearningCurve for College Success is an online, adaptive, self-quizzing program which quickly learns what students already know and helps them practice what they don’t yet understand. A LearningCurve activity is located at the beginning of each unit to motivate students to engage with key concepts before they come to class.
The link collection provides an annotated list of apps which students can use on their smartphone or computer to reinforce success strategies through the technology they use in their everyday lives.
Magazine Style Activities
Including self-assessment quizzes towards the beginning of the each unit, these interactive quizzes give students an opportunity to learn more about themselves and the chapter topics, providing targeted advice to help them understand the subject matter.
Downloadable podcasts provide quick advice on a wide range of topics such as time management, note taking, money management, succeeding on tests, making the most out of a career fair, and much more.
Multiple-choice Case Study Quizzes in each unit ask students to apply practical strategies discussed in each chapter. Students receive instant, helpful feedback after each response to help them contemplate the scenarios further.
Video Activities bring the topics taught in first-year seminar courses to life. Student Voices and Conversation Starters feature real students discussing common issues that face first-year students. Two videos are embedded in each unit and provide a chance for students to reflect on each topic and discuss the course material. Additional videos with quizzing available in “More Resources” feature brief, humorous scenarios. All videos are accompanied by a set of open-response reflection questions to deepen students’ thinking and encourage application of helpful strategies to their own lives.
French Fries are Not Vegetables is a 30-minute documentary that follows 5 students through the life-changing transition of the first year of college. Their honest, funny, and intense observations shed light on everything from eating habits to concerns about grades and finances.
What resources are available for instructors?
From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.
Instructor’s Resource Manual
PDF downloads of the Instructor’s Manual for Your College Experience, Concise Edition, Step by Step, and A Pocket Guide to College Success are available to download and include teaching suggestions, key chapter takeaways, and additional resources, activities, and writing prompts.
Instructor Resources (downloadable)
Available to download as PDFs, the Instructor’s Annotated Edition and Active Learning Strategies for Your College Experience, Concise Edition, provide helpful suggestions for teaching, retention strategy tips, and chapter-specific exercises.
This tab also includes several Video Tool Activities, available as downloadable text files, which provide search terms for popular videos you can embed in LaunchPad’s Video Tools, as well as relevant writing prompts and in-class activities.
Easily customizable lecture slide presentations for select College Success titles include a complete lecture outline for each chapter, plus images and figures from the text.
The test bank for select College Success titles contains multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions designed to assess students’ understanding of key concepts. The test bank is available electronically in the LaunchPad allowing instructors to easily assign test questions for student practice or higher stakes assessment.