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

Study on your own

Study Area

You can access the Study Area for use on your own or in a study group. The Study Area includes Cumulative Tests, RSS Feeds, Google Earth Activities, Virtual Field Trips, Animations, and book-specific activities.

Bring key chapter illustrations from the textbook to life

SmartFigure Activities

Found throughout many of our textbooks, SmartFigures are annotated illustrations that come to life as narrated videos in Mastering. These videos will assist in your understanding by explaining geology and Earth science concepts in a non-technical way.

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Improve your geographic literacy

NEW! MapMaster™ 2.0 Interactive Map Activities

MapMaster 2.0 is GIS inspired, giving you the ability to layer various thematic maps in order to analyze spatial patterns and data at regional and global scales. Now fully mobile, this tool includes zoom and annotation functionality with hundreds of map layers leveraging recent data from sources such as NOAA, NASA, USGS, United Nations, and the CIA. You can also upload your own data. Access MapMaster in the Study Area and use for self-study.

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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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