Mastering Assignment

When you choose Request Answer, you’re asked to confirm or cancel in response to the following message: “Are you sure you want to request the answer? If you do, you will not get any credit for it.” See information below to help you decide whether to choose OK or Cancel.

  • Choose Request Answer only as a last resort. Since you will not receive any credit, this option is similar to exhausting all answer attempts for a question.
  • Selecting Request Answer also lets you complete a question so that you can move on to the next one, like to complete an item.

  • Don't choose Request Answer if you can receive credit after the assignment due date. Check for either “Full Credit for Late Work” or “Partial Credit for Late Work” (top right) in the open assignment. If you don't know an answer before the assignment due date, you may be able to answer it later (provided the assignment is still available). It's better to give yourself the chance to get some credit rather than losing all credit on the question by selecting Request Answer.

Your ability to view correct answers can vary by assignment. Either "Answer Requested" appears with the correct answer or you may see the message "Completed; correct answer withheld by instructor." For example, your instructor might withhold the display of correct answers on a test until all class sections have completed it.

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.

A powerful gradebook

Mastering's gradebook records all scores for automatically graded assignments. Struggling students and challenging assignments are highlighted in red, giving you an at-a-glance view of potential hurdles in the course.

Diagnostics and insights that help you guide the class

Mastering's diagnostics provide unique insight into class and student performance. With a single click, you can view charts that summarize the most difficult problems, identify vulnerable students, and indicate grade distribution and score improvement over the duration of the course.

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.

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