Updated 01 Feb 2023
Assignments to help you learn
Every Mastering assignment answer you submit is saved and can be seen by your instructor, even if you suddenly lose your Internet connection. No submitted work can be “lost”.
- On your computer —
The Course Home lists your assignments with estimated completion times for standard assignments. You can switch between List View and Calendar View.
- Optionally, on your mobile device —
When you sign in to your course, Mastering’s Mobile view lists your assignments in the categories Overdue Assignments (last 7 days) and Upcoming Assignments (next 7 days). More about working assignments on a mobile device
- Each assignment contains one or more "items" —
When you open an assignment select an item link to work on its questions.
- Items contain part questions (Part A, B, and so on) —
For maximum credit, answer all main part questions before the assignment due date. If you run out of answer attempts or choose Request Answer, these help you to complete an item, but don't increase your item score.
- Some questions provide hints and feedback. —
Hints can be a clue or a simpler question to help you answer the main part question. You may receive coaching feedback if you answer incorrectly.
- Some assignments can be printed.
How to print assignments.
- To complete an assignment —
You need to complete ALL of its for-credit items, or all extra credit items if there are no for-credit items. To get the most credit, check the grading policy before you work on an assignment.
- Stop and restart an assignment —
All of your submitted answers are saved. Finish an assignment later as long as it's still available. Special rules apply to timed assignments.
- Math and chemical equation answers —
To enter math expressions or chemical equation symbols, select answer box options or Keyboard Shortcuts for keyboard entries.
- Enter * for the multiplication sign and don't use commas for large numbers like 2648.
- Spaces are not allowed. Use arrow keys to navigate in your answer.
- Arguments of trigonometric functions must be in radians, unless the question tells you to answer in degrees.
- To enter a numeric value with a unit, abbreviate the units and don't add a period after the unit. Units are case-sensitive. See the recognized units list
- Grading tolerance and significant figures —
For grading tolerance, your numeric answer usually must be within 2% or 3% of the correct answer. For significant figures, use at least 3 digits in your answers. For multiple calculations, keep the significant figures as you work and round only at the end.
- How to answer different kinds of assignment questions, such as how to draw molecules. How to submit answers
Select Scores to review all of your Mastering assignment scores.
- Availability of scores —
Each item score is usually available as soon as Mastering grades your answers. Scores for essays and Freehand Grader assignments take longer.
- A score can change during the course.
A score can be affected by changes your instructor makes later, like removing an item or giving the class credit for a troublesome question.
- Multiple attempts for a best score —
The best score from a multiple attempt assignment shows on your Scores page after the due date. To see the scores for all of your attempts, open the assignment.
- Your instructor can hide the display of your scores for assignment items, individual assignments, and/or your total score for the course. Check back later in case scores are hidden temporarily.
- "Weighted" averages can affect your total score.
For example, homework assignments may count for more than quizzes. Your total score is an average of all your Mastering assignment scores, based on any weighting plan.
- Review assignments to prepare for exams.
Consider reviewing completed assignments with answer feedback and hints. Instructors may allow you to review past assignments or to rework items for practice.
Resources to help you study
Your Mastering experience may include some or all of the following.
Open the Study Area for study activities, videos, investigations, practice quizzes/texts, links to the eTextbook (formerly known as eText), and more. Availability and resources vary by textbook.
Based on brain science research, Dynamic Study Modules help you to study and remember what you learn. You can use Dynamic Study Modules to study on your own or they may be assigned for credit.
Based on any weaknesses identified in your assignment performance, the items in an Adaptive Follow-Up assignment provide another chance for you to learn or practice similar material.
Information from your instructor