Top 9 Tips to Promote Student Success with LearnSmart®


If you attended our webinar “Using Data-Rich Technology for Deeper Learning Opportunities,” then chances are you’re interested in ensuring that students achieve the best learning outcomes possible. View webinar recording.

In this webinar, you heard Dr. Ashley Gess share her success with LearnSmart and how it improved her students’ performance. Dr. Gess has been an educator for over 20 years, and teaches Chemistry and Biology at both the high school and higher education levels. Her experience using data in educational technology has made her an expert in personalized learning.

The data that educational technology provides can help individualize instruction and maximize time spent in study and review, so that time in the classroom can be spent on deeper engagement. Utilizing data from adaptive technology, you can see which students are ahead on learning concepts as well as which ones are struggling.

Here are nine tips from Dr. Gess on how to promote student success with LearnSmart technologies:

  1. Give students LearnSmart assignments in “chunks” instead of in the form of whole chapters.
  2. Make each LearnSmart assignment due just prior to when the content will be discussed in class.
  3. At the beginning of the course, establish a regular weekly interval for assigning LearnSmart assignments so students can plan their schedule around them. Make sure this schedule includes interacting with the technology at least two times per week.
  4. Require participation in LearnSmart modules. Do not make participation optional.
  5. Check student LearnSmart reports before class begins. Pay special attention to the top learning objectives that the students are struggling with and use them as a “springboard” activity at the beginning of class.
  6. Ask students to access their own LearnSmart reports and come to class with questions that address the top five learning objectives that they struggled with. Assign students into groups based on these objectives and get the students to pose questions to each other. Have each group present their questions and answers to the class and allow the class to give peer feedback.
  7. Use the “recharge” option as a springboard for a review game in class.
  8. Display class statistics with regard to metacognitive results and engage students in a discussion about what the data means. Ask for suggestions on how to improve subject comprehension.
  9. Use metacognitive data to purposefully group students in class activities and labs.

Using these tips, you can ensure students are reviewing the most critical content in preparation for the next day’s science lesson as well as encourage stronger student engagement and deeper learning. To learn more, visit

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