Gore, Connections Essentials, 1e

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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 on the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad Solo for Connections Essentials.

What resources are available for my students?

From your LaunchPad Solo 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.


LearningCurve for Connections is an online, adaptive, self-quizzing program which quickly learns what students already know and helps them practice what they haven’t yet mastered. LearningCurve motivates students to read and engage with key concepts before they come to class so that they are ready to participate.


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.

Skill Inventory

The ACES online self-assessment helps students develop a thoughtful, strengths-based understanding of themselves. ACES measures student strengths in twelve critical areas, both cognitive and non-cognitive. Norm-referenced reports indicate whether students are at a high, moderate, or low skill level in these areas, as compared to students in other schools across the country.

Student Resources (downloadable)

A downloadable Self-Assessment of Change encourages students to reflect on how much they’ve progressed for each of the various skills on the ACES scales. Students are able to celebrate their improvement and identify areas for future growth.


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

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 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.

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.

Academic and Career Excellence System (ACES)

Instructors are provided with the ACES Instructor Guide, which details how to best use ACES in their course. Instructors can use ACES to can use ACES data to start conversations with students —individually and as a class — about how to achieve excellence in college and in their careers. ACES data can also help instructors prioritize the topics they teach, highlight relevant programs or events outside of class to provide additional support for addressing students’ weaknesses, and identify strong students who might be willing to report on the ways they practice a skill.

Instructor Resource (downloadable) 

The Test Bank contains 600 multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions designed to assess students’ understanding of key concepts. A midterm and final exam are also included, and all questions are accompanied by an answer key.

Instructors also have access to the full Instructor’s Guide to Using ACES.

Instructor’s Resource Manual

The Instructor’s Manual, available to download, is packed full of activities and resources. Content includes sample syllabi; chapter objectives and summaries; class activities, topics for discussion, and writing assignments for each chapter; and a guide to using the ACES self-assessment in class.

Lecture Slides 

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