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Mastering

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Mastering is a collection of online homework, tutorial, and assessment products designed with a single purpose in mind: to improve the results of all higher education students, one student at a time.

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Mastering review by User
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"Expensive and unhelpful"

What do you like best?

It streamlines the homework grading process for professors/TAs, which is probably the only reason it is used instead of other programs.

What do you dislike?

This program abuses its monopoly to charge students (that are already paying for tuition, housing, etc.) ludicrous prices for a homework completion and turn-in system that could be done on a website like Canvas. Mastering does not teach you anything; you will have to buy the textbook and study it for yourself or look for another website that actually teaches you. Mastering does anything but its name. You won't master anything with this service. It doesn't even let you know what you did wrong and penalizes you instead. It is a complete scam.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do not use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mastering is frankly pointless to students. It steals money from them and does not give anything in return. Professors and TAs are the only ones who reap benefits of not having to grade.

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Mastering review by Seth J.
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"Too expensive, too restrictive"

What do you like best?

Pearson integrates its learning system with its textbooks. I like that there are a variety of different question types (multiple choice, matching, labeling, interactive widgets). The videos have great production values and the animations are clear and well-made.

What do you dislike?

The textbooks have way too much content and this failure bleeds over into the learning activities. Although the videos are great, the questions following the videos focus on details rather than the main concepts. Interactive activities, likewise, have too much focus on minor points and cannot be edited. Other questions are very oriented on memorization of facts and terms, which is fine for a few questions but not helpful when you need to test higher-level understanding.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to use Pearson textbooks, it's fine, but consider many of the cheaper and free options out there. You can do just as good and your students will thank you for not having to buy a $200 license.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We' were educating a class of 150+ students in Biology. We realized that we were writing or editing so many questions that finally decided to switch to using our own questions on Canvas and do away with Mastering.

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Mastering review by Administrator
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"A powerful resource for academic monitoring"

What do you like best?

The system works hand in hand with the required course readings. This allows students to reinforce content that they are reading about in a more hands-on and active manner. They can do practice problems of various types and the ability to assign these practice problems can be a useful too for an instructor. My students were also very fond of the videos available. They were able to see the abstract concepts rather than simply trying to imagine them.

What do you dislike?

The greatest dislike is the overall price of the package. It is simply too expensive for me to require in good conscience. While the review questions are a great tool for instructors, the quality of the questions is uneven. Many seem to be arbitrary and address odd "facts" from the lesson, rather than hammering home core concepts. And with some of the written responses requiring exact answers, the grading time was extended as exceptions for correct (though slighted differently worded) answers is required.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The best case scenario allows for me to actively engage and monitor my student's learning in real time. I could require certain materials to be completed and keep them on task with reading and studying. However the entire program has too many negatives to outweigh the positives.

Mastering review by User in Research
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"Mastering is such a frustrating software"

What do you like best?

It is somewhat convenient for instructors to use because it frees them gettin grading homework assignments.

What do you dislike?

Extremely frustrating grading system. Highly inconsistent between instructions and the correct answer. For example, in Mastering Chemistry: drawing a molecule correctly, but starting at the wrong end of the molecule, renders the entire answer incorrect with full point deduction.

Similarly, Mastering Physics often displays the correct answer when prompted with a different number of decimal places than the question asked for. Answering the question with the requested number of digits marks the problem incorrect. Our instructors often had to go back and manually check answers to reinstate credit, negating much of the time saving benefits this software intended. The UI is tedious, it is full of broken links and it is hard to open new tabs with a problem rather than a new popup window. The design looks ancient. Objectively worse than similar learning tools such as Sapling. Horribly expensive burden for students.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Saves paper and allegedly saves time for instructors who do not have to grade paper assignments.

Mastering review by Jason F.
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"Good learning tool for student"

What do you like best?

I have personally been in multiple classes in which quizzes and homework submission goes through Mastering software. Most of the time the software is quite flexible and understood answers or give out hints that really helps.

What do you dislike?

Print function needs improvement, navigation is outdated, e-text feature is unnatural, some might prefer a physical textbook.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If the cost or accessibility weren't the issues, this can be a great service to use for leaning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Great tool for monitoring academic progress.

Mastering review by User
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"Mastering Review"

What do you like best?

I love this technology! As an ambassador, I have had the opportunity to advise on the development and user interface that has gone into this product. Personally, I have used this technology (Biology and Chemistry) to advance my academics. The flashcards and quizzes that are offered really help me prepare for my college exams, and untimely held me understand the material that was covered.

What do you dislike?

I do not like the audio component offered -- I am a visual learner so this aspect does not benefit me specifically. Also, I think the voice over person talks to slow/fast at times. Which makes following along with the content difficult at times.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is great if you are looking for supplemental study material. It allows you to breeze through complicated contact much faster than the traditional way. The interactive tutorials, quizzes, flashcards, and more really benefit the user/student. This software really helped me in my academic career -- and has also benefited colleagues of mine. It is an investment in money and time, but has paid of for myself and others. I especially recommend this if you are struggling in any academic course.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Adapting the software to be the best it can be, and proving a supplemental learning tool to students outside of the traditional materials (books, lectures, presentations)

Mastering review by Sarita C.
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"Very flexible student tool"

What do you like best?

There are many choices in terms of supplemental textbooks that students find very helpful when they are struggling with learning the material.

What do you dislike?

The grading options could be more well defined and offer more room to adjust and modify grading policy and procedure.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consult tech support for grading adaptations

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Increase in student retention and mastery of the material

Mastering review by Grant L.
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"My Lab & Mastering Review"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to stay on top of school work through the platform

What do you dislike?

I feel like it is easy to breeze through assignments without understanding the material

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using this as a student, but I am able to apply what I learned when tackling business case studies in different classes

Mastering review by User in Medical Practice
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"Good for learning, but could use some more organization"

What do you like best?

Mastering contains many videos explaining and visualizing scientific concepts and ideas, which are extremely helpful for students learning difficult subject matters. Additionally, there are many study tools that aid in memory and concept retention.

What do you dislike?

There's (almost) too many resources on Mastering, and it's not organized efficiently. It would also be helpful if the content was more customizable to fit the professor's lectures and notes, rather than leaving it up to the student to sift through an overwhelming large amount of material.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mastering provides a 24-7 learning resource for students, along with easy access for the college textbook. Additionally, it caters to different learning styles (auditory, visual, etc.) by offering videos, quizzes, audio recordings, and more to engage student learning and retention.

Mastering review by Benjamin K.
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"Ease of use"

What do you like best?

This software is very secure. I love that it is easy to use and integrate. It also works very effectively and efficiently.

What do you dislike?

What I do not like about it is that it is very expensive. Other than that it is very efficient.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Even though it is expensive, I highly recommend using this software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps improve the efficiency of our interns, it helps them gain more knowledge.

Mastering review by Ibra K.
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"Useful software"

What do you like best?

It has all the necessary concepts in one place and it can be used for many many subjects like biology, physics, chemistry etc.

What do you dislike?

There aren’t really clear instructions for beginners on how to do certain things. I think that’s something they can improve on.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I would use it to learn concepts for my classes and do homework and quizzes.

Mastering review by User in Higher Education
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"Efficient and reliable"

What do you like best?

The platform is extremely reliable and intuitive. I teach in an entirely digital classroom, so it's incredibly important that tools are not "down for service." In the grew years I've used Mastering, it's never been unavailable.

What do you dislike?

Creating assignments can be a bit cumbersome, but primarily because there are many customizable options.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Streamlines my classroom management tremendously.

Mastering review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Great resources for mastering a subject!"

What do you like best?

Plenty of resources given to master a subject. Some resources include: quizzes, flashcards, and practice exams. You can even test yourself based on a chapter in the book.

What do you dislike?

Maybe if they had sections for main/key points for each chapter.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mastering college level courses.

Mastering review by User in Higher Education
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"Nice Software for Students to Learn Concepts"

What do you like best?

The number and variety of features and the ease of use of this product is good.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes can be buggy and slow. The support form Person should improve.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows students to do homework and learn concepts taught in class.

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