Chem Primer Video Transcript

This is a transcript of the video on the Educator Features page and Student Features page.

Hi. I’m here to talk to you about an exciting new feature you’ll find in Mastering Chemistry called the Chemistry Primer. The Chemistry Primer is a series of tutorials focused on remediating students in preparation for their first college chemistry course.

Topics covered in the Chemistry Primer include math in the context of chemistry, chemical skills and literacy as well as some basics of balancing equations, the mole concept, and stoichiometry. These topics were chosen based on extensive surveys of chemistry professors across the country who identified the areas where students would benefit most by having prerequisite knowledge at the beginning of the course. With the Chemistry Primer, instructors can easily assign pre-built modules within Mastering Chemistry to help students build the necessary skills needed for more advanced Chemistry problems.

In this video, I’ll show you the Chemistry Primer as well as an example diagnostic question designed to help students recognize the areas where they need the most help and where to access the tools to help them improve.

Let’s jump in and take a look.

First, after logging into a newly created course, click on the “Assignments Tab,” then “Chemistry Primer,” then “Student View.” In this view, you can see the selection of topics that cover math in the context of chemistry.

Next, scroll down and click on “Of Mass and Moles.” Here you see that the main body of each item in the primer offers diagnostic questions that will show students where they need help once they answer the question. The learning experience adapts to each student, specific to his or her level of understanding.

When students answer a question, they receive feedback specific to their answer. If correct, the Primer explains why and reinforces the concept covered and allows the student to move on without being required to complete “busy work”.

If incorrect, the primer offers wrong-answer feedback with hints, instructional videos, and step-wise worked examples. Feedback is presented in a scaffolded structure to help guide students’ remediation.

Now, let me show you scaffolded instruction in action. Enter 0.0689 as an answer for this diagnostic question. Notice the feedback provided to the student. This feedback tells students the importance of understanding unit conversions for Chemistry. Next, let’s look at the hints the student receives after submitting the incorrect answer.

Hint 1 is a declarative hint. This is the first type of hint that students will encounter. It shows an instructor walking students through a similar problem and provides a model for approaching the problem.

Hint 2 is a Socratic hint that breaks a problem into smaller sub-parts in order to simplify the problem without giving the answer. Students must attempt to answer the problem on their own and are given support and feedback when they’re stuck.

Hint 3 is also in the Socratic style and gives valuable feedback necessary for understanding the concept. The Chemistry Primer learning tools are based on the same principles as the tried-and-true Mastering Chemistry content that instructors have come to expect.

The Chemistry Primer can be found as an assignable, pre-built module in Mastering Chemistry for your courses in General, Preparatory, Introductory, and General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry.

Instructors can also make edits, assign due dates, or simply drag the Chemistry Primer to the calendar as they would any other Mastering assignment. Student results appear in the Mastering gradebook.

And there you have it. That was a quick look at the Chemistry Primer. If you want to learn more about The Chemistry Primer, go to Mastering And if you want to find out about all of Pearson's MyLab & Mastering products, be sure to check out Thanks for watching.