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Tour the features of Mastering Environmental Science

See how Mastering Environmental Science helps students master key concepts and improve results.

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Give students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere

Pearson eText

Pearson eText is an easy-to-use digital textbook available within Mastering. It lets students read, highlight, take notes, and review key vocabulary* all in one place, even when offline. Seamlessly integrated videos and other rich media* engage students and give them access to the help they need, when they need it. Educators can easily customize the table of contents and share their own notes with students so they see the connection between their eText and what they learn in class — motivating them to keep reading, and keep learning.

  • NEW - Analytics Dashboard. Use the dashboard to gain insight into how students are working in their eText to plan more effective instruction in and out of class.
  • Scheduled Reading. Assign a chapter or specific section to hold students accountable for their reading and help them prep for lecture, homework, and quizzes. Scheduled Readings populate to each student’s assignment page, and you can now link readings directly to a Mastering assignment.

*Available with select titles.

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Personalize learning for each student

Dynamic Study Modules

Dynamic Study Modules are assignable modules that pose a series of question sets about a course topic. Questions adapt to each student’s performance and offer personalized, targeted feedback to help them master key concepts. Students can use their computer or the MyLab and Mastering app to access Dynamic Study Modules. Available for select titles.

Increase student retention in your course

Early Alerts

Early Alerts in Mastering 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.

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Guide students through evaluating scientific sources


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.

Build science literacy and put scientific inquiry skills into action

GraphIt! Activities

GraphIt! Activities are a great way to help your students develop their understanding of graphs and data. These activities use real data to help students build science literacy skills and their understanding of how to analyze and interpret graphs.

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Process of Science Activities

Process of Science activities help students explore the Process of Science in greater depth as they put scientific inquiry skills into action.

Process of Science Activities

Take your students on fascinating field trips

Video Field Trips

Video Field Trips give students fascinating behind-the-scenes tours of real-world sites that focus on environmental concerns and the strategies and solutions employed to address them. The popular, brief videos are available for in-class use or can be assigned to students and automatically graded in Mastering Environmental Science.

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Case Study Tours

Case Study Tours use Google Earth™ and striking images to bring each chapter opening case study to life. Over 20 video tours encourage students to plunge into the theme of the chapter and allow instructors to assign the experience through Mastering Environmental Science.

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Available for these titles:
Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 6th Edition by Withgott & Laposata
Coming Soon - Essential Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 6th Edition by Withgott & Laposata

Relate environmental science topics to course concepts

Everyday Environmental Science Videos

Everyday Environmental Science Videos briefly explore interesting and relevant environmental science topics that relate to concepts in the course. These 20 videos, produced by the BBC, can be shown in class or assigned as homework.

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Focus on Figures Videos

Focus on Figures Videos support 15 figures, graphs, and charts from Christensen's The Environment and You, 3/e and reinforce students’ understanding of foundational concepts. Developed with author Justin St. Juliana, the videos are embedded in the Pearson eText, accessible through text QR codes, and assignable in Mastering Environmental Science.

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Make efficient use of digital learning tools

Ready-to-Go Teaching Modules

Created for and by instructors, Ready-to-Go Teaching Modules make use of teaching tools for before, during, and after class, including new ideas for in-class activities. The modules incorporate the best that the text, Mastering Environmental Science, and Learning Catalytics have to offer and can be accessed through the Instructor Resources area of Mastering Environmental Science.

Available for these titles:
Essential Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 6th Edition by Withgott & Laposata
The Environment and You, 3rd Edition by Christensen, Leege, & St. Juliana

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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.