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  • A laptop computer is open on a desk with Dynamic Study Modules showing on the screen. Behind the laptop there is a window and a potted plant.

    Pearson’s Dynamic Study Modules Promote Mastery

    Ambyr Dack

    Picture this: you are doing your homework and two answers seem like they are both right. You choose one, click the button, and up pops a huge red “X!” We have all been there, and it's even worse when it happens on an exam. That's why I love the Pearson dynamic study modules! Dynamic study modules are like a combination of personalized notecards and your eText. They allow you to review what you already know and focus on what you do not know. Even better, you can learn without the pressure of getting questions wrong. 

    Studying with a twist

    Dynamic study modules are a set of questions based on your textbook chapter readings. Each question is followed by five answer choices with large circles next to each one. The first four choices are based on the content of the question and the fifth choice is always “I Don’t Know.” You answer the questions by clicking on the circle next to your answer choice; however, there is a twist!

    If you are certain of an answer, you can double click the circle next to your choice to fill it completely. This will help to filter the material you’ve mastered, allowing you to focus on what you do not know.

    If you are unsure of your answer choice, you can click on the circle once to fill in the circle halfway and you won’t be penalized if you’re incorrect. Whether that choice was right or wrong, you will have the ability within the module to see the correct answer and read a small section straight from your textbook that explains why it's correct.

    You can also click the “I Don’t Know” button for a no penalty response. Just like if you answered a question halfway, you would get to see the correct answer and an explanation. 

    Questions you answered halfway or with “I Don’t Know” will come up again later in the module to make sure you fully understand the answers. The goal of these modules is to master the subject matter. With every correct answer you fulfill a green bar, meaning you are one step closer to mastery!

    Better retention leads to better results

    I took a course last semester that utilized Dynamic Study Modules and they helped me truly understand the content rather than just memorizing flashcards. I found that I had an easier time retaining the information that I learned because of this, and I enjoyed learning! I mean-- who likes being penalized when they get an answer wrong? No one!

    These modules alleviated my stress that points were being chipped away at my grade with every wrong answer. Better yet, I could review the modules all semester in two different ways: Smart Refresh and Refresh, allowing me to go back and review chapters quickly or in depth. It was perfect for when I had to review for exams or needed a quick refresh on the material before class.

    If you are currently enrolled in a course that utilizes Pearson Dynamic Study Modules, or if you take one in the future, I highly recommend taking full advantage of them to gain a deeper understanding of your course material!

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  • A calculator and an iPad on a desk. The iPad screen shows a math problem in the MyLab Math platform.

    How to Get the MOST out of Pearson’s MyLab Math

    Laura Avellaneda

    After three semesters of using MyLab Math, I consider myself an expert in using it to its full capacity! While many students just know MyLab Math as a tool their professor uses to assign them homework, MyLab provides an abundance of resources that help students to truly master their material.

    Ever stuck on a difficult math problem?

    Math classes can be hard in college, especially if you’re a STEM major! It is common to get stuck on a problem and need some help to solve it. When using MyLab, the first thing you can do is click on the Question Help drop-down in the top right corner which gives you a variety of options to work through the problem and answer it correctly. The ‘Help Me Solve This’ feature will walk you through the exact problem you’re working on step-by-step. MyLab will explain the concept for each step and there will be a few fill-in-the-blanks as you work it out. Once you’ve solved the problem and have the correct answer, MyLab will change the original question on your homework for you to answer! If you don’t think you’ve mastered the concept you can use the ‘View an Example’ feature to see another problem worked out step-by-step.

    Feel like you need more practice?

    If you have a quiz or exam coming, up the best thing you can do to study is practice problems! The Study Plan feature on MyLab Math gives you recommended practice questions and quizzes based on what you need help with the most. Your personalized study plan comes directly from your homework, quizzes, and test performance, so it’s the best tool to get some extra practice in! You can also view hundreds of practice questions under the ‘All Chapters’ tab to practice other concepts.

    Would you prefer a video explanation for solving a problem?

    As a visual learner, the Multimedia Library was super helpful for me to see and hear someone explain a difficult problem step-by-step. Within this resource, you can filter down the chapters and sections to find exactly the practice problems you’re looking for. Not only do they have hundreds of two to four-minute videos explaining practice problems, but they also have videos introducing concepts or entire lectures!

    Next time you’re in a class using MyLab Math, be sure to utilize all of these tools to succeed in your course! MyLab is so much more than just a homework platform – it helps to make learning easy!

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    Study smarter: How to outwit your brain

    Taylor Hughes

    The old, boring study techniques you’re probably using right now are doing you no good. When exam season approaches and you find yourself surrounded by textbooks and old coffee, there’s no time to do everything on your list if you have to spend an exhaustive amount of time memorizing. So, let’s find the median. Where’s the happy middle between doing well on your exams and not going through two weeks of dread at the end of every semester? Using these easy tips, you can actually be smarter than yourself. The brain is just another organ, and you can use it to your advantage! Use these research-based psychology facts in your studying routine to hack into your brain and trick it into remembering more and learning faster, without even knowing it.

    Questions: Think before you even need to

    Before you come across any real information, you have to let your brain warm up and get it ready to remember the most possible information. Start by studying the headings. Turn them into questions. Get your brain to start thinking. It might seem simple, but you’ll remember a lot more information right off the bat, and you didn’t even really have to work for it.

    Start with it, and end it with it, too

    Another easy way to remember important information without even putting any effort into it is to study it at the beginning of your reviewing, and at the end, too. This is called primacy (the beginning) and recency (the end), and it’s been proven that the brain remembers the first and last details the best. You’ll trick your brain into recalling it faster and gain much more information, while not having to put too much more time into studying it.

    Chunk the concepts

    Brain maps are the road to easy memorizing. When you have a lot of concepts and not so much space to remember the details of each, draw them out on a map. Connect them to each other, the central idea, and the main points of each. This will help you to remember each not only individually, but in the grand scheme of things as well. Studying isn’t just about each concept, but about linking what you know to comprehend it faster and more efficiently.

    Pick your spot

    Another hint to make your brain smarter without knowing it: pick your spot and keep to it. If you attend class in-person, listen to lectures in one spot, and do your best to write the exam there too. It’s proven that the brain remembers better when it’s in a familiar place. An interesting 1975 study by Godden and Baddeley actually shows that students who studied underwater, recalled more underwater than above ground!

    Relate it to you

    This one is easy to remember: make everything about you. Look for ways to make a personal connection to everything you read and listen to. Think about how the words remind you of something from home and you’ll recall them faster. Think about how a formula isn’t so different from a recipe you love to bake and it’ll come easier to you.

    I hope you take advantage of these proven study tips and ace your next exam with less study time! Always remember to study smarter, not harder.