The MasteringChemistry Faculty Advisor Program is built upon the proven effectiveness of peer-to-peer advising. Faculty Advisors are available to relate success stories, share best practices, and provide tips for successfully integrating MasteringChemistry into your curriculum.
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Rolla, MOCourses Taught:General Chemistry I & IICourse Format:Traditional; Hybrid"Our MasteringChemistry-based homework assignments, preparedness quizzes, self-assessment and practice tests, and online modules are all part of a Missouri S&T whole-course redesign in general chemistry. The redesign is aimed at better student engagement and enhanced active learning. In particular, the tutoring and skill-builder problems and the great variety of diagnostics in MasteringChemistry help to individualize the students' learning experience. Though it might sound counterintuitive, the introduction of MasteringChemistry has actually increased and enhanced the face-to-face time with students."
Oregon State University
Corvallis, ORCourses Taught:General Chemistry (science majors); Introductory Organic and Biochemistry courseCourse Format:Traditional; Hybrid; Fully Online"I use Mastering to give my students the practice they need to master the material in general chemistry. The instant feedback to their work is very important, and something I can't provide any other way because of the large number of students in our classes. In my distance courses, Mastering plays an even more important role. The Tutorial problems provide some of the support the students would normally get by coming to my office hours, and the hints provide the same sort of "leading questions" that I would ask a student who came to Office hours with a question."
Truckee Meadows Community College
Reno, NVCourses Taught:Preparatory Chemistry, Liberal Arts Chemistry, General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & IICourse Format:Traditional; Hybrid"I have used MasteringChemistry since its inception with Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, and Woodward. Before Mastering came out, I was writing my own online assignments, but lacked all the diagnostic data to know if my students were really learning. Now, I use the diagnostic data on a daily basis to gauge my class's understanding and begin each class with a review of areas on their Mastering assignment the students struggle with. Since we've been using it at TMCC, we've seen an increase in student retention and success on the common final. And it's not just all about what helps me...my students love the instant feedback on problems and the ability to get hints when they are struggling, though I admit they still struggle with formatting chemical equations."
Lawton, OKCourses Taught:General Chemistry I & II; College Physics I & II; University Physics I & IICourse Format:Traditional"I have used Mastering in a variety of ways ranging from weekly assignments to smaller nearly daily assignments. My use is still evolving. I have noticed that students do seem to engage in working with Mastering almost immediately after class with the shorter more frequent assignments. I also use it to provide prelab exercises for our General Chemistry II laboratories."
Salt Lake City, UTCourses Taught:Principles of Chemistry I & IICourse Format:Traditional"When I ask students to describe what they think is most helpful for learning course content, many refer to MasteringChemistry. They say, "It forces you to spend time working on the material and helps you to really understand it... I like that it can give me hints on how to solve the problems. This helps me learn and to understand what math I am doing and why I am doing it... It provides a lot of tools like videos that walk you through how to solve the problem as well as reviews for each chapter.""
Waco, TXCourse Format:Traditional"Sometimes I feel like I almost don't need office hours anymore - students seem to get so much out of Mastering Chemistry that they no longer come to see ME! The system diagnostics are a great help, both in selecting targeted problems and in detecting areas where students may need more help from me. My students benefit greatly from the guided/tutorial practice that helps them master topics, and the new math remediation feature is a big hit!"
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OHCourses Taught:General Chemistry I & IICourse Format:Traditional"The increasing popularity of the Kahn Academy and the "flipping the classroom" technique has opened the door for us to innovate in the classroom, and MasteringChemistry plays a vital role in successfully flipping my general chemistry course. Assigning the tutorial questions as pre-lecture assignments is a great way to prepare students for class and facilitate an interactive environment in a large scale lecture."
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, FLCourses Taught:General Chemistry I & IICourse Format:Traditional"MasteringChemistry is a helpful tool to improve student learning. The tutorials aid in the depiction of concepts, and the problems are a way for the students to test their current level of understanding and problem solving ability. Instant feedback given to the student is useful to determine the areas of understanding that are lacking, which can be addressed immediately by the student instead of waiting for the return of a traditional homework set. Diagnostic views provide feedback to the faculty member, giving information that may be used to adjust the content of the lecture."
Indianapolis, INCourses Taught:General ChemistryCourse Format:Traditional; Hybrid"In a poll taken after completion of the final exam, which was the standardized ACS Exam in General Chemistry, from a list of 20 factors that might have contributed to student success in the course, students overwhelmingly selected MasteringChemistry as the number one factor. Exam results are consistent with the student perception. Over a period of three years, the average score on the ACS exam increased from the 62 percentile for the last of my classes not to use MasteringChemistry to the 78 percentile. MasteringChemistry is the best teaching tool that I have used in 38 years of teaching."
Frisco, TXCourses Taught:Introductory Chemistry; General Chemistry I & IICourse Format:Traditional"I feel that MasteringChemistry provides students with the practice, guidance, and feedback that is necessary for success in my class."
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Rolla, MOCourses Taught:General Chemistry I & II (majors and non-majors)Course Format:Traditional; Hybrid; Fully Online"I have used MasteringChemistry (MC) in a large class where it was introduced to reduce the large amount of grading required. However, MC has proved to be much more than a replacement for grading papers. The immediate feedback is a priceless resource for students. In addition, the diagnostic tools provided for instructors help to identify concepts that have been misunderstood. The versatility of MC has allowed us to expand our course to include an in-class format, a fully online format, and a hybrid format."
Fullerton, CACourses Taught:Introductory ChemistryCourse Format:Traditional"My initial attraction to Mastering arose from the desire to provide instantaneous feedback to every question, for every student, for every assignment. I have since grown fond of the powerful diagnostic and analysis tools which allow me to track student participation and performance."
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TXCourses Taught:General Chemistry I and IICourse Format:Traditional"Students require instant feedback to gain effective learning skills. Mastering allows the student to know when they do not understand the material, providing the incentive to get help from the instructor."
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, OKCourses Taught:General Chemistry; GOB ChemistryCourse Format:Traditional"MasteringChemistry provides a way for students to be engaged with the course material on a regular basis outside of class. This constant engagement with the material helps them retain the content better over the long term."
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NYCourses Taught:College Chemistry I, non-majors; Principles of Chemistry I, non-majorsCourse Format:Traditional"I have used MasteringChemistry (MC) as a successful learning tool for students in a large class, where homework grading by hand is not feasible. The software is effective, functional and aesthetically pleasing. It provides hints on request, and direct feedback based on common mistakes. Thus, I can encourage a real experiential learning experience. Perhaps the most invaluable benefit is the ability, with one click, for the instructor to recognize what concept the students are struggling most with. Subsequent classes can be taught with an emphasis on that particular concept. In my opinion, MC is the best on the market!"
Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CACourses Taught:Physical ChemistryCourse Format:Hybrid"MasteringChemistry provides a valuable way to give students the opportunity to learn outside the classroom. The tutorial questions are well designed and help guide students through the learning process."
Florida International University
Miami, FLCourse Format:Hybrid"I use MasteringChemistry because it serves as an excellent tutorial in chemistry. I also use it to provide small daily assignments to help students practice. I think that Mastering provides a great deal of help for increasing student grades."
University of Toledo
Toledo, OHCourses Taught:General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, GOB ChemistryCourse Format:Traditional; Hybrid; fully online"The way I use MasteringChemistry is different in each type of lecture course (and format) that I teach. In all of my courses, MasteringChemistry is the place for students to practice learning the concepts that they are seeing in class and from reading the textbook: this is where the chemistry comes alive! By using the instructor tools available to us in MasteringChemistry, this has been the first semester where I have walked confidently into lecture and knew before I even opened my mouth where my students stood in learning the material. This allowed me to brush over the items my students found easy and allowed me to concentrate on the concepts they didn't understand. By implementing MasteringChemistry (and other technologies) into lecture courses, we have been very successful in raising the test scores of the first-semester ACS Examination in General Chemistry."