You will automatically transition to the Modified Mastering platform when you copy your existing Mastering course or create a new course. Find out what to expect — and what's better in Modified Mastering.

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Engage students in a comprehensive virtual online lab experience

NEW Pearson Interactive Labs

Engage students and teach them to think like scientists with online labs built around the process of science. The labs feature real-world scenarios with guided feedback so students can make and learn from their mistakes. Learn more about Pearson Interactive Labs.

Watch our webinar: Let’s Get Virtual in the Biology Lab.

Study skills for students

NEW Study Skills Modules

While students can struggle with course content, the lack of study skills may also be hindering their success. New Study Skills Modules in Mastering Biology help them to become better learners through:

  • Strengthening Test Taking
  • Studying vs. Learning
  • Implementing Time Management
  • Using the Resources
  • Accountability
  • Reading and Taking Notes
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See an example: Glucose Production from Lactose Hydrolysis

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Data analysis skill development

NEW Data Modeling Activities

Students often misinterpret static graphs and need to see for themselves how variable growth curves can be. Using simulations, students get the chance to make a prediction, manipulate variables, and examine the data. Activities include:

  • Glucose Production from Lactose Hydrolysis
  • Drosophila Genetics
  • Ground Finch Evolution
  • Predator-Prey Relationships
  • Evolution of Populations
  • Genotyping with Electrophoresis
  • Enzyme Diversity
  • Photosynthesis
  • White-Footed Mouse Population
  • Cellular Respiration

Increase student retention in your course

Early Alerts

Early Alerts use predictive analytics based on a student’s work in Mastering, such as correct answers on the first try. This information helps identify struggling students as early as possible — even if their assignment scores are not a cause for concern. This insight enables instructors to provide support when students need it so they can stay — and succeed — in the course.

Watch our webinar: Using Early Alerts in the Mastering Gradebook

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Personalize learning for each student

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Help students study better

Dynamic Study Modules are assignable modules that adapt to each student’s performance and offer personalized, targeted feedback to help them master key concepts. Available for select titles. 

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Target gaps in student understanding

Adaptive Follow-Ups provide targeted practice and coaching to help students master the material. 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.

Identify and remediate student knowledge gaps

GapFinder Diagnostic and Study Modules

GapFinder Diagnostic Modules assess students' prerequisite knowledge such as study skills, foundational science, and math concepts, and then recommend GapFinder Study Modules with personalized remediation specific to the student's individual knowledge gaps. GapFinder Modules are assignable in Mastering as Dynamic Study Modules, but are completed and graded differently, and available to students for self study in Mastering.

Pearson eTextbook gives students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere
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Empower learners


Pearson+ is available within your Mastering course. It gives your students instant access to your course eTextbook and study tools, in one intuitive interface. Designed for students, by students, Pearson+ lets them choose how they learn best. They can listen to the audiobook, find what they need with enhanced search, and study their own way with notes and flashcards. The app lets them read where life takes them, no wi-fi needed.

Engage students with videos and animations

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

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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Additional Features

Imagine the impact of first-day access on your course

Offering course content through the Pearson Inclusive Access model can help students achieve more by providing affordable, high-quality digital course materials on or before the first day of class. Because all students have access by day one, faculty can start teaching and students can start learning. Learn more about Inclusive Access.

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 & analytics

The Mastering gradebook records all scores for graded assignments. Struggling students and challenging assignments are highlighted in red, giving you an at-a-glance view of potential hurdles in the course. The robust diagnostics within Mastering provide unique insight - with a single click, you can view charts that summarize the most difficult problems, identify vulnerable students, and indicate grade distribution and score improvement.

Learning Catalytics gives every student a voice

With Learning Catalytics™, you'll hear from every student when it matters most. You pose a variety of questions that help students recall ideas, apply concepts, and develop critical-thinking skills. Your students respond using their own smartphones, tablets, or laptops. Watch a video and learn more.

Learning Management System (LMS) Integration

You can now link from Blackboard Learn, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, or Moodle to Mastering Microbiology.* 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. Learn more about our LMS integration services.

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

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.