Some features may vary based on your location or the title you’ve selected for your course. Contact your Pearson rep in the US, UK, Canada, or other country for more information.

Give students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere

New - Pearson eText optimized for mobile

Pearson eText is a simple-to-use, personalized reading experience available within Mastering.

Students can use their computer or the mobile app to easily highlight, take notes, and review key vocabulary all in one place — even when offline.

Seamlessly integrated videos and rich media* give students access to the help they need, when they need it.

You can also share your own notes with students so they see the connection between their reading and what they learn in class.

*Available with select titles.

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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

Using the latest developments in cognitive science, Dynamic Study Modules help students study course topics by adapting to their performance in real time.

As a result, students build the confidence they need to deepen their understanding, participate meaningfully, and perform better — in and out of class.

Students can use their computer or the MyLab and Mastering app to access Dynamic Study Modules. 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 by relating biology topics to course concepts

Everyday Biology Videos

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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Give students practice visualizing and interpreting data

Data Exploration

Enable students to interact with real data through Visualize the Data and Interpret the Data tutorials. Students get to practice analyzing graphs and interacting with other data. These are assignable in Mastering.

Increase Scientific Literacy

Evaluation Science in the Media

Evaluating Science in the Media coaching activities guide students through a step-by-step process for evaluating the authority, motivation, and reliability of online sources of scientific information. Topics include genetically modified organisms, head injuries, tanning and skin cancer, and more.

Evaluating Science in the Media

Scientific Thinking Activities

Scientific Thinking Activities help students develop an understanding of how scientific research is conducted. Topics include research questions such as “Can Scientists Use Gene Expression Data to Personalize Cancer Treatment?” and “Do the Microorganisms in Our Digestive Tract Play a Role in Obesity?”

Scientific Thinking Activities
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. Questions are now easy to edit and delete for assignments and courses.

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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