Supporting learning via scaffolding

Research has found that novices learn and process information in fundamentally different ways than those with more expertise. Therefore, it’s critically important to provide these learners with the level of support they need, when they need it.

This technique is known as “scaffolding.” Among the most effective forms of scaffolding is the use of worked examples of increasing complexity to foster constructive cognitive processing.

Pearson Mastering Chemistry offers a practice environment that is informed by principles of effective scaffolding.

  • Interactive Worked Examples offer narrated, in-depth, visual lessons in problem solving on demand.
  • Mastering Tutorials, with hints of varying difficulty, allow students to learn from their mistakes without being given the answer.
  • Hints, videos, and animations are just a click away throughout Pearson Mastering Chemistry.

Find out how Pearson Mastering Chemistry supports knowledge retention