College Students Achieve Masterful Academic Results with Pearson's Mastering Programs

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New Report Documents Success in Learning and Assessment Skills

College students continue to make achievement gains, while instructors gain valuable insight into their students' performance, according to a collection of study abstracts documenting how Pearson's Mastering programs are improving science education on college campuses.

Make Learning Part of the Grade represents a sample of studies that instructors using the Mastering programs conducted independently or in partnership with Pearson to assess their educational value. Most of the studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals or presented by faculty at educational conferences. The abstracts to the scholarly articles are available at

The study abstracts fall broadly into four categories: Score Gains; Evidence of Learning and Problem-Solving Transfer; Prediction of Final Exam Scores; and High Reliability of Assessment. Universities included in the report are Louisiana State University; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University at Buffalo, State University of New York; and Monash University in Australia.

Pearson's Mastering programs are the most advanced online homework and tutorial systems in the world. Students receive personalized learning with tutorials that provide immediate feedback and targeted help where and when they need it the most. Students learn at their own pace, in their own style, while educators are able to monitor their progress and communicate with them online to keep them engaged and accountable for their work. A short video preview is available at

"The single greatest benefit to me as a professor is that I can see who is working and who is in trouble, and I can see globally what problems are causing difficulty," said Dr. Gene Sprouse, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at The State University of New York, Stony Brook.

According to the studies featured in the report, the Mastering platforms allow instructors to predict which students over the course of the semester are at risk of failing the course, so that remediation may be provided.

The report also notes evidence of students' increased learning and their ability to apply what is learned from one set of problems to another after using Mastering. For example, after using MasteringPhysics, students make 15 percent fewer errors and solve problems 15 percent faster. And with MasteringChemistry, students have increased their exam scores by 12 percent.

In addition, improved scores represent an important indicator of the effects of an educational intervention, such as an online homework system. The weekly assignments of Mastering homework show that students were positively affected by its use in improved quiz and final exam scores, according to the report. The Mastering programs also offer highly reliable assessment--more than 90 percent--giving instructors confidence that the content is sound.

Mastering is available in a range of subjects, including biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, microbiology, environmental science and astronomy.

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Media Contact: Susan Aspey, Susan.aspey(at)pearson(dot)com or (800) 745-8489


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