For several semesters we have been using a Mastery Learning approach for large first year classes at UTS. The immediate benefit is that pass rates have improved. First year maths students do three or four supervised online tests (with re-sits available) on fundamental skills during the semester. If they succeed at 80% or higher on each and every Mastery Test, then they pass the subject with at most 63%. A two hour optional final exam assesses extended problem solving skills, and provides a chance for students to gain more than a Pass. Feedback from the students is largely positive, as they appreciate the immediate feedback and the option of a second attempt at tests. Many comment that it keeps them up to date with their studies and that they feel they are consistently and thoroughly covering the material, rather than cramming at the end of semester in a superficial way.

This presentation is based on joint work with Julia Memar and Jason Stanley.

After the seminar there will be an opportunity to continue discussion over wine and cheese in RC-3082.


Layna Groen and Mary Coupland

Research Area

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UTS


Fri, 07/08/2015 - 4:00pm


RC-3085, The Red Centre, UNSW