Five ways to improve your grade with Mastering
Updated 02 Aug 2021
1. Give yourself enough time to complete assignments.
- Estimated assignment completion times can help you plan your work on Mastering standard assignments. Doing assignments on time avoids any late penalty that may apply.
- You could lose time on online assignments if you lose your internet service unexpectedly. If this happens, all of your submitted answers are saved. (Losing your internet does not stop the timer on a timed assignment.)
2. Keep working, even if you don't know the answer.
- Avoid choosing Request Answer. You won't get credit for questions you answer this way. In particular, don't choose Request Answer when you can still get some credit for late answers.
- When available, use hints. Hints can provide a clue or simpler question to help you answer the main Part question. It's usually to your advantage to open hints.
- An adaptive learning engine tracks items you have trouble with on some assignments to give you tutorials or similar questions in an Adaptive Follow-Up. This gives you another chance to learn or practice similar material.
- Avoid guessing on multiple-choice questions. You'll almost always lose points if you're wrong. About the grading of multiple-choice questions
3. Pay attention to how assignments are graded.
- The grading policy can vary from assignment to assignment. Check the grading policy for individual assignments for details about the number of answer attempts allowed, late penalties, and more.
- How grading works
- Find out about grading tolerance and significant figures, for physics or other math-intensive disciplines.
- Don't lose credit to cheaters. Don't share your Pearson account with any other students who say they wants to "try out" Mastering. Any wrong answers will count against your grade.
Your account may also be flagged and you could be suspended from the Mastering course.
4. Use provided study resources.
- Pearson eText — You can add notes and highlights in your . The app for your eText lets you study on your tablet or smartphone, even when WiFi is unavailable.
- Dynamic Study Modules — When available, use these to test your knowledge, close gaps in your learning, and then retest yourself. Your instructor may also assign Dynamic Study Modules for credit.
- Rework items for practice — You may be able to rework some assignment items for practice to help prepare for exams. Your instructor controls whether this is available for an assignment.
- Study Area — When available, check out the Study Area from the course menu for self-paced learning and practice activities.
5. Mastering assignments can help your overall course performance.
- When assignments allow you multiple completion attempts, take advantage of this to keep your best score on the assignment.
- Automatic item scoring helps you to identify areas of weakness in the moment.
- Dynamic Study Modules can help you to retain information so that you can be better prepared for other coursework.
- Studies show that if you work a little each day on your assignments, you'll do better overall in the course. By the end of the term, most students not only like Mastering, they'd recommend it to other professors and students.