5 Ways to Promote an Academic Mindset (Especially in Corequisite Courses)

How do you keep students motivated to learn? Here are 5 tips you can implement immediately in your class.

1. Allow the first 5–10 minutes of class for discussion.

Creating a shared space to talk about non-cognitive issues, such as struggles with financial aid or added stress from jobs, shows students that you understand they are busy, unique individuals and that you’re here to help them succeed.

2. Take on-campus field trips.

Oftentimes, students don’t know how many learning resources their institution offers them. Bringing students to the tutoring and writing centers, as well as the library, will make them aware of what’s available and more comfortable with getting help. If you teach online-only classes, consider holding a discussion forum with links to these resources’ websites so students can easily access them.

3. Promote growth mindsets over fixed mindsets.

Encourage multiple drafts of writing assignments and consider allowing students the ability to retake assessments if they apply themselves and learn the material. Research shows that growth mindsets help fight students’ apathy toward their learning.

4. Provide detailed feedback on assignments.

When students hand in papers or problem sets, remember to write the kinds of comments that focus less on the letter grade and more on the growth aspect of learning. If you get the feeling some students aren’t reading your feedback, ask them to meet before or after class to go over it with them.

5. Pair struggling students with successful students in group work.

If students are finding your course—or perhaps college life in general—a little challenging, have them work with those who are doing well. Many times, students feel more comfortable learning from their peers, and they’ll be positively influenced through collaborating with students who show them that they, too, can succeed. Plus, the role of mentor will increase successful students’ confidence and leadership skills.


Hawkes Learning offers corequisite options that place student success first. Target specific remediation needs for just-in-time supplementation of foundational concepts and enhance curriculum-level content with applicable review skills, shortening the prerequisite sequence without compromising competency. Contact us today at 1-800-426-9538 or sales@hawkeslearning.com to get your examination copy!

English Instructor Resources

Looking for a sample syllabus to learn how another instructor has incorporated Hawkes in class? On the hunt for tips to share with students, including note-taking skills and sample papers showing how to properly cite research? We have you covered with the resources below.

Instructors using Hawkes can also access these materials (and PowerPoint presentations!) by logging into the Grade Book, navigating to the Help tab, and selecting the Instructor Resources link.

Foundations of English Resources

English Composition Resources

Sample Course Documents

  1. COMP 1 Sample SyllabusEnglish Composition textbook cover. Student online dashboard within a laptop.


  1. MLA Sample Word Doc | PDF
  2. APA Sample Word Doc | PDF
  3. CMS AD Sample Word Doc | PDF
  4. CMS NB Sample Word Doc | PDF
  5. CSE Citation-Name Sample Word Doc | PDF
  6. CSE Citation-Sequence Sample Word Doc | PDF
  7. CSE Name-Year Sample Word Doc | PDF

Corequisite English Composition Course

English Composition with Integrated Review

We’re thrilled to announce the newest English course, English Composition with Integrated Review.

English Composition with Integrated Review encourages students to thoughtfully craft, defend, and polish arguments while offering targeted remediation of foundational reading and writing concepts. Student learning of core composition topics is supported by a contextualized review of study skills, grammar, reading, writing, and research.

Through consistent application and real-world connections, students sharpen their existing writing tools while also engaging with new and challenging ideas. Students in the corequisite classroom will learn how to tactfully communicate to a 21st century audience with awareness of purpose, tone, and genre.

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Table of Contents

Integrated Review: Study Skills
0R.1 Understanding Different Learning Styles
0R.2 Determining Your Personal Learning Styles
0R.3 Stress Management
0R.4 Keeping Yourself Organized
0R.5 Time Management
0R.6 Study Strategies
0R.7 Test-Taking Strategies
0R.8 Taking Advantage of Campus Resources
0R.9 Writing with Technology
Chapter Review
Integrated Review: Why We Write
1R.1 Understanding Purpose
Why We Write
1.1 Writing Situations and Purposes
1.2 Writing to Respond
1.3 Writing to Summarize
1.4 Writing to Propose
1.5 Writing to Discuss
1.6 Writing to Describe
1.7 Writing to Argue
1.8 Writing to Analyze
1.9 Writing to Evaluate
Integrated Review: Modes of Writing
2R.1 Locating Key Information
2R.2 Classifying Major and Minor Details
2R.3 Identifying Organizational Patterns
Chapter Review
Modes of Writing
2.1 Descriptive Writing
2.2 Narrative Writing
2.3 Expository Writing
2.4 Persuasive Writing
Integrated Review: The Writing Process
3R.1 Writing a Paragraph
3R.2 Writing a First Draft
3R.3 Refining a Paragraph
3R.4 Strengthening Sentences
3R.5 Proofreading Strategies
3R.6 Finalizing a Paragraph
Chapter Review
The Writing Process
3.1 Pre-Writing
3.2 Drafting
3.3 Revision
3.4 Peer Review
3.5 Editing
3.6 The Final Draft
Integrated Review: Parts of the Essay
4R.1 Sorting General and Specific Information
4R.2  Determining a Paragraph Focus
4R.3 Writing a Topic Sentence
4R.4 Organizing a Paragraph
4R.5 Drafting a Paragraph
Chapter Review
Parts of the Essay
4.1 Common Essay Structures
4.2 The Introduction
4.3 Thesis and Purpose Statements
4.4 Body Paragraphs
4.5 Transitions
4.6 The Conclusion
Integrated Review: Reading Critically
5R.1 Pre-Reading Strategies
5R.2 Finding Meaning through Visual Clues
5R.3 Active Reading Strategies
5R.4 Finding Connections and Patterns
5R.5 Finding Meaning through Context
5R.6 Finding Meaning through Word Parts
5R.7 Finding Meaning through Inference
5R.8 Types of Main Ideas and Evidence
5R.9 Identifying Purpose and Tone
Chapter Review
Reading Critically
5.1 Taking Notes and Annotating Texts
5.2 Identifying the Main Idea and Supporting Details
5.3 Identifying Organizational Patterns
5.4 Understanding Purpose, Audience, and Tone
5.5 Recognizing Rhetorical Appeals
5.6 Analyzing Word Choice
5.7 Understanding the Basics of Logic
5.8 Recognizing Logical Fallacies
5.9 Evaluating Evidence
5.10 Analyzing Visuals
Integrated Review: Writing Critically
6R.1 Determining Essay Focus
6R.2 Writing a Thesis or Purpose Statement
6R.3 Organizing and Outlining an Argument
6R.4 Combining Words or Sentences
6R.5 Emphasizing Words or Phrases
6R.6 Using Inclusive Language
Chapter Review
Writing Critically
6.1 Understanding an Argument
6.2 Considering Purpose and Audience
6.3 Recognizing Your Constraints
6.4 Employing Rhetorical Appeals
6.5 Using Consistent Tone
6.6 Choosing the Right Words
6.7 Using Word and Sentence Variety
6.8 Polishing an Argument
Integrated Review: Research
7R.1 Introduction to Research
7R.2 Tools for Purposeful Research
Chapter Review
7.1 Understanding the Research Paper
7.2 Planning and Tracking Your Research
7.3 Identifying Different Types of Sources
7.4 Evaluating the Credibility of Sources
7.5 Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism
7.6 Integrating Sources into Your Writing
7.7 The Annotated Bibliography
7.8 Basics of MLA
7.9 Basics of APA
7.10 Basics of CMS
7.11 Basics of CSE
Integrated Review: Unique Forms of Writing
8R.1 Considering Style
8R.2 Considering Visuals
Chapter Review
Unique Forms of Writing
8.1 Writing Across the Disciplines
8.2 Visual and Digital Arguments
8.3 Oral Presentations
8.4 Etiquette in Social Media
Integrated Review: Basics of Grammar & Mechanics
9R.1 Nouns
9R.2 Pronouns
9R.3 Basic Verb Types and Tenses
9R.4 Verb Forms and Functions
9R.5 Perfect and Progressive Tenses
9R.6 Adjectives and Adverbs
9R.7 Prepositions
9R.8 Clauses and Conjunctions
9R.9 Using Capitalization and Italics
9R.10 Using Abbreviations and Numbers
9R.11 Using Basic Spelling Rules
9R.12 Spelling Commonly Confused Words
Chapter Review
Basics of Grammar & Mechanics
9.1 Parts of Speech
9.2 The Characteristics of a Sentence
9.3 Using Commas
9.4 Using Semicolons and Colons
9.5 Using Quotation Marks, Parentheses, and Brackets
Integrated Review: Grammatical Sentences
10R.1 Identifying the Characteristics of Sentences
Grammatical Sentences
10.1 Common Sentence Errors
10.2 Using Consistent Subjects and Verbs
10.3 Using Consistent Pronouns and Antecedents
10.4 Using Correct Pronoun Reference and Case
10.5 Correcting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
10.6 Using Active and Passive Voice
10.7 Maintaining Consistency in Tense and Person
10.8 Using Parallelism, Coordination, and Subordination
10.9 Proofreading Sentences for Grammar

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Cover key grammar concepts with instructor-written workbook

Do your students think good grammar is important? They might after reading these stats:

  • Passed over for promotions: A study found that employees who didn’t get promoted to director-level positions within 10 years made 2.5 times as many grammatical mistakes as the individuals who did achieve such positions. (Learn more.)
  • Love lost: The online dating site Zoosk polled 9,000 users, and 48% consider bad grammar to be a deal breaker. (Learn more.)

Cover of Foundations of English Grammar WorkbookDevelop critical grammar skills of your English students with the new Foundations of English Grammar Workbook.

Activities, reading passages, and sentence-analysis questions build a strong understanding of topics that range from correcting run-on sentences to spelling commonly confused words. (Affect vs. effect, anyone?)

Written by instructors, the workbook is an excellent resource to complement in-class activities and online lessons available in Foundations of English. It can also be used as a standalone resource.


View a sample of the Foundations of English Grammar Workbook.

Key Features

  • Editing applications ask students to annotate short passages and apply editing skills to writing samples.
  • Comprehensive source of practice and application gives students additional help with grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
  • Topics include grammar, punctuation, mechanics, spelling, syntax, and diction.
  • Exercises include multiple choice, matching lists, true/false, fill-in-the-blank prompts, and more.

Cover of the Reading and Writing Handbook for the College Student

Pssst! Looking for a grammar handbook? Check out the Reading & Writing Handbook for the College Student, a resource that covers not only grammar but writing, research, critical thinking, and style as well. This pocket-sized guide helps students in all disciplines achieve stronger English skills.



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Provide more hands-on learning for your English students with Guided Notebook

Cover of Foundations of English Guided NotesGive your students more opportunities for meaningful, hands-on learning with the new Foundations of English Guided Notebook.

View the table of contents and a free sample here.

Aligned with the lesson objectives in Foundations of English textbook and courseware, this print resource promotes active learning through activities covering study skills, reading, writing, critical thinking, research, and grammar.

The guided notebook can be used in conjunction with the Foundations of English course materials or as a standalone resource.

Encourage students to be active participants in their own learning by asking them to synthesize course content and make connections to their personal lives. Additional examples, practice, prompts, and exercises in the guided notebook provide an interactive experience to complement classroom learning.

As they work through the text, students interact with lesson content through:

  • Extensive grammar practice
  • Note-taking prompts
  • Definitions
  • Fill-in-the-blank statements
  • True/false questions
  • Reading applications
  • Graphic organizers
  • Self-test check-ins

If you’re an English instructor interested in seeing more, request a complimentary examination copy today or call us at 1-800-426-9538.

Robust Feedback within English Courseware

Hawkes Learning’s Practice mode gives students ample feedback when they answer questions incorrectly. Several different tutorial options are available to students, including Explain Error, which provides error-specific feedback immediately when the mistake is made; Hint, which gives students a clue as to how they can answer the question correctly if they’re still struggling; and Solution, which states the correct answer.

Students can then try a similar question in order to test their knowledge. Once they feel comfortable with the material in Practice, students move on to the Certify mode, which does not provide learning aids in order to hold students accountable for their learning.

Check out two examples of the robust feedback provided in Practice below:

In Foundations of English‘s Chapter 4: Grammar and Mechanics, the courseware asks the following:

Does the following sentence use pronoun-antecedent agreement? Select the best answer.

Damien is running for class president, and his sister is helping them with the campaign.

The two choices are the following:
  • Yes, this sentence uses pronoun-antecedent agreement.
  • No, this sentence does not use pronoun-antecedent agreement.

If students select the first answer, the courseware provides this feedback:

Explain Error

Your Answer: Yes, this sentence uses pronoun-antecedent agreement.

You were asked to determine if the following sentence uses pronoun-antecedent agreement:

Damien is running for class president, and his sister is helping them with the campaign.


Your answer is incorrect because the pronoun is plural and neutral, but the antecedent is singular and male.

For a hint to solve this problem, select Hint.


You were asked to determine if the following sentence uses pronoun-antecedent agreement:

Damien is running for class president, and his sister is helping them with the campaign.


Remember, for a pronoun and its antecedent to agree, they must have the same gender and number. The gender of words can be female, male, or neutral. The number is either singular or plural.

If an antecedent is neutral and refers to a person or animal, it can be used with a male or female pronoun based on the other information in the sentence. However, inanimate objects do not have gender, so they are always renamed with neutral pronouns.

Take a look at the following sentence that includes both a pronoun and its antecedent:

Jennifer always makes the dessert because she is the best baker.

The pronoun she agrees with its antecedent Jennifer (the noun it renames). Both words are singular in number and female in gender. This is what you look for when checking for pronoun-antecedent agreement.



You were asked to determine if the following sentence uses pronoun-antecedent agreement:

Damien is running for class president, and his sister is helping them with the campaign.

The following answer is correct:

No, this sentence does not use pronoun-antecedent agreement.

The pronoun them is plural and neutral, but the antecedent Damien is singular and male.

In Foundations of English‘s Chapter 5: Style, the courseware asks the following:

Read the following passage.

People from all across the country enter the contest, and they all want their own shot at fame. Fame is fleeting, but these people do not care. They all believe they will be “the next big thing.” Even when disappointment comes crashing down on them, they still struggle and claw their way back up. Being content is not something humans are good at.
Which sentences do not use coordination to join clauses? Select all that apply.

Click on a word or word group to make a selection. To undo, click on the selection again. Alternatively use the Tab and spacebar to select or deselect the word or word group.

Students receive error-specific feedback when they select the following sentence from the passage: Even when disappointment comes crashing down on them, they still struggle and claw their way back up.