Gardner, Understanding Your College Experience, 2e

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LaunchPad 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 the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Understanding Your College Experience.

What resources are available for students?

From your LaunchPad home page, click the Resources button, 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.



LaunchPad’s e-Book integrates the text with an assortment of media-powered learning tools and includes every word on every page of the printed text, including all images and pedagogical tools. Students can highlight and comment, making it easier to access key content and organize studying. Teachers can customize and rearrange chapters and add notes and discussions.


e-Book with Activity

End-of-chapter Think, Write, Apply activities reinforce key themes, prompt self-reflection and strengthen skills. Assign these activities in the LaunchPad as homework or to prompt discussion.



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. LearningCurve motivates students to engage with key concepts before they come to class so that they are ready to participate. An updated version of LearningCurve available within LaunchPad for Understanding Your College Experience features a larger question pool with new multiple-choice questions and new questions on motivation, mindset, and resilience.


Magazine Style Activities

An interactive self-assessment quiz in each unit gives students an opportunity to learn more about themselves and the chapter topics, providing targeted advice to help them develop a personalized learning plan.



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.



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.


Video Activities

Accompanied by a set of open-response questions, two Video Activities per unit allow students to reflect on course topics and deepen their thinking, as well as encourages application of helpful strategies discussed to their own lives.


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

A PDF of the Instructor’s Manual for Understanding Your College Experience, Second Edition, is available to download and includes chapter objectives, teaching suggestions, case studies, an introduction to the first-year experience course, a sample lesson plan for each chapter, sample syllabi, and capstone projects.


Instructor Resources (downloadable)

This tab 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.

Additionally, you can download the Computerized Test Bank Diploma files for a PC or Mac.


Lecture Slides

Easily customizable lecture slide presentations include a complete lecture outline for each chapter, plus images and figures from the text.


Test Bank

The test bank contains more than 700 multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions designed to assess students’ understanding of key concepts. The test bank includes a midterm and final exam and is available electronically in the LaunchPad, allowing instructors to easily assign test questions for student practice or higher-stakes assessment. An answer key is included.


To access the Test Bank from the “Content by Type” menu where you were viewing student and instructor resources, click “Resources”

Choose “Publisher Provided Questions” to view the available Test Banks