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McGraw-Hill Education

October 18, 2012 10:00 ET

Winners of the McGraw-Hill Education 'Going Places With LearnSmart' Sweepstakes Can Now Get to Where They Want to Be

Company Awards Students With Free Travel and Free Access to the McGraw-Hill LearnSmart™ Personal Digital Tutor, Which Has Been Shown to Improve Student Performance

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 18, 2012) - McGraw-Hill Higher Education today announced the winners of the "Going Places Sweepstakes," an online contest that challenged college students to go further -- in their studies and in life. The contest offered $17,000 in prizes, including several exciting travel opportunities and free access to McGraw-Hill LearnSmart -- a personal digital tutor available for more than 40 course areas that has shown the ability to help improve student performance by one full letter grade. The top winners, who were randomly selected from more than 24,000 entrants, include:

  • Grand Prize Winner: Kelly Reedy from Arizona State University took home the top prize: a spring break trip for two.

  • 2nd Place Prizes (5 total): McKenna Arledge from the University of Cincinnati, Jessica Borre from Auburn University, Roberto Guerrero from the University of South Florida, Laurie Hayes from the University of Central Missouri and Meghan Patterson from Florida State College at Jacksonville have each won a long weekend escape to the destination of their choice.

  • 3rd Place Prizes (10 total): Helen Anderson from the University of Missouri, Tracy Astor from Baker College, Alexis Clark from Michigan State University, Summer Daily from Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, James Gressel from Mohawk Valley Community College, Taylor Massey from Oklahoma State University, Laura Mueller from Rutgers University, Laura Sullivan from Southern Methodist University, Laura Pirrone from the University at Albany and Christina Sawyer from the University of Cincinnati each won a trip home to visit their family.

In addition, 100 students will receive a special access code for LearnSmart that will enable them to experience first-hand how this study tool can help them study more efficiently and perform better in class.

"We've seen the positive effects that adaptive learning technologies like LearnSmart can have on students' performance, and through this sweepstakes we're excited to reward them with better grades and exciting travel experiences," said Sharon Loeb, vice president, McGraw-Hill Higher Education. "We congratulate all winners and look forward to hearing about how LearnSmart has transformed their study habits and given them the boost they deserve." 

LearnSmart uses a Netflix-like recommendation engine to tailor studying based on what each student does or doesn't know. By identifying what a student doesn't know, LearnSmart focuses their study time on what they have yet to learn. The program continuously assesses students' knowledge and skills and provides a personalized learning plan that helps them master basic course concepts and retain knowledge over time. This results in students learning more, faster.

LearnSmart is available for more than 150 best-selling McGraw-Hill college titles across more than 40 course areas, starting at $24.99 per semester. Students can purchase LearnSmart directly via the newly launched LearnSmart website at, through the McGraw-Hill online store at, or at their local Follett's campus store.

About McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a content, software and services-based education company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions, which improve learning outcomes around the world. McGraw-Hill is the adaptive education technology leader with the vision for creating a highly personalized learning experience that prepares students of all ages for the world that awaits. The company has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in more than 65 languages. For additional information, visit

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