Utilizing Pearson’s eTextbook Tools: Tips for Success

The age of digital learning is here to stay and is quickly advancing. For some of us, learning online can feel like a challenge. Luckily, if you are feeling frustrated with your online textbook, chances are you haven’t learned how to utilize the tools and advantages that it has to offer. One of the perks of Pearson e-textbook tools is the ability to be interactive with the material. From practice quizzes to note taking tools, there are plenty of ways to mix up your study options. 

Note Taking and Highlighting Tools

Some students who may prefer the old fashion pen and paper might be wondering how highlighting and notetaking could ever exist in the online workspace. One of the greatest evolutions of online learning technology is the ability to take advanced notes with Pearson e-text. The e-textbook allows students to pin a note to a particular word or sentence in the text as a reminder of a thought or important information while they are reading. College professors can also share notes with their students through the online text to show that the part of the text is important. Students can both pin notes and highlight for extra importance as students can pick a color and highlight any important text desired. 


Diagrams and Videos

One of the greatest benefits to e-textbook technology that’s missing in hard copy is the ability to view interactive diagrams and videos. Pearson e-text captures complex subject matter in captivating graphics that move and calculate on the user’s commands. The interactive data gives students tutorials on how to work through challenging material, engaging videos with 3D animation and personal coaching videos. Diagrams and videos can easily be viewed on the go with the mobile app, making study tools available anytime, anywhere. 

Interactive quizzes & studying

E-textbooks also offer multiple ways to self-test knowledge of material in a fun, game style setup. Within the Pearson e-text there are flashcards, matching games, and other forms of practice. The digital data can even assess what the student knows or does not know, so students can pinpoint weak areas of knowledge and focus study time on areas of need. The PAL feature in the Pearson portal helps students access flashcards specific to a chapter of material for quick, easy studying that is already organized. E-textbooks can even give students feedback on missed homework assignment questions and offer ways to practice difficult topics. 

Notebook Feature

The notebook feature is a tool exclusive to Pearson. This feature ties in the highlighting and interactive notetaking in order to easily organize all of the most important notes in one place. It is categorized by chapter, making a quick lookback on notes right within reach. The notebook stores all the chapters notes and even includes highlights or notes from videos and diagrams. This way students can watch a video and pin important notes to the video for reminders on the content without re-watching it entirely. The notes can be viewed in tiles under each chapter on one screen or students can click on a subcategory to look at notes from one chapter at a time. 

E-textbooks are a great resource for students if utilized to the fullest. Pearson offers many ways to learn materials that makes learning easier and more fun. Through interactive games, study tools and text, every student is sure to find their favorite way to learn. E-text can assess difficult material and offer explanations as well as practice. Professors can even interact with students through e-text as well to emphasize what they want you to know. Utilize the tools of online learning, and see the real results of e-textbook technology, success!

Pearson Students: What is your favorite part about online learning? How has it helped you in the classroom? Share by commenting below!


Stephanie Carrea is a student at East Carolina University majoring in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. From a young age, Stephanie has always had a passion for telling stories. She writes for The East Carolinian, the student newspaper of East Carolina University and is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America. She is also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, where she has the ability to give back to her community and the Arthritis Foundation. She is the Pearson Campus Ambassador for ECU. Stephanie’s dream job is to one day be the founder of her own Public Relations firm. She enjoys spending down time with her family and traveling around the world.

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