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See how Mastering Biology helps students master key concepts and improve results.

Mastering Biology for Majors

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Mastering Biology for Non-Majors

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Give students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere

New Pearson eText optimized for mobile

  • The eText mobile app offers offline access and can be downloaded for most iOS and Android phones/tablets from the Apple App Store or Google Play
  • Seamlessly integrated videos and other rich media for select titles
  • Accessible (screen-reader ready)
  • Configurable reading settings, including resizable type and night reading mode
  • Instructor and student note-taking, highlighting, bookmarking, and search
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Make efficient use of teaching tools

Ready-to-Go Teaching Modules

Make use of teaching tools for before, during, and after class, including new ideas for in-class activities. The modules incorporate the best that the text, Mastering Biology, and Learning Catalytics have to offer and can be accessed through the Instructor Resources area of Mastering Biology.

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Personalize learning for each student

Continuously Adaptive Learning

Do you want to meet your students where they are in the learning process? Thanks to advances in adaptive learning technology, you no longer have to teach as if every student learns in the same way and at the same rate. Based on cognitive science research, Mastering with Adaptive Learning assesses student performance and activity in real time and, using data and analytics, personalizes content to reinforce concepts that target each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Watch our video to learn more.

Help students study better

Dynamic Study Modules help students study effectively—and at their own pace. How? By keeping them motivated and engaged. The assignable modules rely on the latest research in cognitive science, using methods—such as adaptivity, gamification, and intermittent rewards—to stimulate learning and improve retention. Each module poses a series of questions about a course topic. These question sets adapt to each student’s performance and offer personalized, targeted feedback to help them master key concepts. With Dynamic Study Modules, students build the confidence they need to deepen their understanding, participate meaningfully, and perform better—in and out of class. Available for select titles.

Target gaps in student understanding

Available for Majors Biology Titles

Adaptive Follow-Ups provide targeted practice and coaching to help students master the material. Relying on findings from cognitive psychology studies, Adaptive Follow-Ups incorporate spacing — the practice of repeatedly presenting information over spaced intervals — to help students retain information. Each assignment is broken into sets of questions that target gaps in understanding based on the student's past performance on course work to date, including homework, tests, and quizzes. Available for select titles.

 



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Emphasize skill development

GraphIt! Coaching activities

GraphIt! Coaching activities help students read, interpret, and create graphs that explore real environmental issues using real data. All 10 activities explore current topics such as the carbon footprint of food, fresh water availability, and ocean acidification in an entirely new mobile experience with accessible design.

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Engage students with interactive videos and animations

Relate biology topics to course concepts

Everyday Biology Videos briefly explore interesting and relevant biology topics that relate to concepts in the course. These 20 videos, produced by the BBC, can be shown in class or assigned as homework in Mastering Biology.

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Teach the toughest biology topics

BioFlix® 3D movie-quality animations help your students visualize complex biology topics and include automatically graded coaching activities.

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Explore the world of biology

New - BioInteractive Short Films from HHMI offer assignable, movie-quality films that explore evolution topics and feature noted biologists including Peter and Rosemary Grant, Neil Shubin, E.O. Wilson, and more.

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Bring evolutionary processes to life

New - Darwin's Finches in Galapagos Videos

Filmed and narrated by Peter and Rosemary Grant, the Darwin's Finches in Galapagos videos provide an amazing look at the Grants' decades of evolutionary research. These six assignable videos will help your students explore and better understand topics such as speciation, natural selection, ecological niches, hybridization, and competition, all while highlighting the scientific process of studying biology in the field and allow students to demonstrate mastery of the key concepts related to evolution and ecology.

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Increase student retention in your Majors Biology course

New - Early Alerts

Early Alerts in Mastering Biology for Majors Biology uses scores and behavioral data to help instructors identify students at risk of not performing well in the course. This insight enables instructors to provide informed feedback and support at the moment students need it so they can stay—and succeed—in the course.

Link from your LMS to Mastering Biology

Link from your LMS to Mastering Biology

Learning Management System (LMS) Integration

You can now link from Blackboard Learn, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, or Moodle to Mastering Biology.* Access assignments, rosters, and resources, and synchronize grades with your LMS gradebook.

For students, single sign-on provides access to all the personalized learning resources that make studying more efficient and effective.

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*Note that LMS integration is available only for Modified Mastering Biology.

Additional Features

Everything you need in an easy-to-use format

Mastering provides a rich and flexible set of pre-built courses and assignments to get you started quickly. These assets can be used as is or customized to fit your specific teaching needs. The Calendar View on the course home page displays upcoming assignments and due dates, so you can easily stay organized. New - A refreshed user interface and simplified course home so the most highly used features are one click away.

A powerful gradebook

The Mastering gradebook records all scores for automatically graded assignments. Struggling students and challenging assignments are highlighted in red, giving you an at-a-glance view of potential hurdles in the course.

Diagnostics and insights that help you guide the class

Diagnostics within Mastering provide unique insight into class and student performance. With a single click, you can view charts that summarize the most difficult problems, identify vulnerable students, and indicate grade distribution and score improvement over the duration of the course.

Wrong-answer feedback personalized for each student

Using data gathered from all of the students using the program, Mastering offers wrong-answer feedback that is specific to each student. Rather than simply providing feedback of the "right/wrong/try again" variety, Mastering guides students towards the correct final answer without giving the answer away.

Hints that offer clear guidance to students

Mastering provides hints of two types that help students work through, and ultimately solve, problems. Declarative hints provide advice on how to approach the problem, guiding students to the final answer. Socratic hints break a problem down into smaller sub-problems, which makes it easier for students to complete the original problem.

Dynamic, best-in-class content

Mastering is continually improving based on data generated through classroom use, resulting in content that is driven by the performance of actual students. We make corrections to improve problems that have ambiguous answer choices, ineffectual detractors, or tricky language, and continue to strengthen each problem through ongoing review of the data generated by Mastering students.

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