Mastering Environmental Science Features

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  • 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
  • Accessible (screen-reader ready)
  • Configurable reading settings, including resizable type and night reading mode
  • Instructor and student note-taking, highlighting, bookmarking, and search

Take fascinating field trips

Video Field Trips

Video Field Trips take you behind the scenes of real-world sites that focus on environmental concerns and the strategies and solutions employed to address them.

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New Case Study Tours

Case Study Tours use Google Earth™ and striking images to bring chapter opening case studies to life. Over 20 video tours immerse you in the chapter's theme.

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New Case Study Tours are available for these titles:
Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 6th Edition by Withgott & Laposata
Coming Soon - Essential Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 6th Edition by Withgott & Laposata

Boost your data interpretation skills and put scientific inquiry skills into action

GraphIt! Activities

GraphIt! Activities are a great way to help you develop your understanding of graphs and data.

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New Process of Science Activities

Process of Science coaching activities help you think critically, as a scientist would, about environmental research and understand basic experimental design skills.

Process of Science Activities

Study better — and at your own pace

Dynamic Study Modules

Dynamic Study Modules use the latest developments in cognitive science to help you study course topics by adapting to your performance in real time.

As a result, you build the confidence needed to deepen understanding, participate meaningfully, and perform better — in and out of class.

Available on smartphones, tablets, and computers.

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Make the most out of going to class

Learning Catalytics™

Learning Catalytics is an interactive classroom tool that lets you use your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to participate and stay engaged. Simply respond to the questions your instructor posts during class. Your professor can use the results of these questions to help address misunderstandings, start small group discussions, or decide that you’re ready to move on to a new idea. With Learning Catalytics, you can tell your professor what you did — or didn’t — understand without saying a word.

Additional Features

Prepare for success

Chapter Quizzes and Practice Tests help you find out whether you're prepared for exams.

Wrong-answer feedback personalized for you

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

Hints offer clear guidance

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

Dynamic, engaging content

Using 3D animations, simulations, tutorials, and activities, Mastering utilizes engaging, interactive media to help you learn the toughest topics and succeed in your course.

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