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.

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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.

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Pearson eTextbook gives students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere
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Personalize learning for each student

Dynamic Study Modules

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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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.

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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

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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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


BIAS Test guides students as they face countless messages in the media and shows them how to evaluate sources based on four criteria: Backed Up, Intent, Authority, and Source. Students read an article, and BIAS Test questions guide them in assessing the source regarding the article’s authority, motivation and reliability. Article topics include COVID-19, vaccines, ocean garbage patches, and more.


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?”

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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.