support Comparison Study


What types of student supports (hints or explanations for math problems) work best for which students? Do you have multiple conditions of student supports you would like to compare? We invite you to conduct a Support Comparison Study to examine your research question. Your contribution will be invaluable to help students learn mathematics.

Who can participate

Researchers who are interested in creating their own conditions of hints or explanations for students to solve math problems are welcome to use our platform to conduct Support Comparison Studies.

What is the study about

  • Many students struggle with math learning. ASSISTments is a free online math learning platform supporting millions of students. Teachers use the platform to assign students math problems from popular open educational resources such as Kendall Hunt Illustrative Mathematics and EngageNY/Eureka Math. ASSISTments is dedicated to helping students work independently on math problems by providing support in the form of hints and explanations.

  • Researchers will use the existing math problems in OER curriculums in our content library and create multiple conditions of student supports for math problems. Studies will be auto-deployed and no recruitment is required. Students will be randomly assigned into one of the conditions. Data will automatically come in after students do the math problems.

  • Example studies include Hints vs. Explanations; Hints vs. Worked Examples; Hints vs. Dynamic Algebraic Notation System. View specific examples in our Featured Works.

Conceptual Framework

We use TPACK as our overall conceptual framework. You may use a specific conceptual framework for your comparison of different types of hints or explanations.

Adapted from the TPACK framework

The Process

  • Develop: After logging into the E-TRIALS platform, you will choose a problem set and then write hints or explanations for all conditions of your study.

  • Deploy: Your study will be auto deployed. No recruitment required. Data comes in after students do the math problems with your hints or explanations.

  • Disseminate: Please keep us updated with the dissemination status of your study by emailing

Benefits for Participation

  • $200 stipend for a researcher to develop a study

  • The team at ASSISTments will monitor for quality control.

Tutorial on Creating a Support Comparison Study


Link to Platform:

This Webinar for ASSISTments Teachers gives a deep dive into hints/explanations

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If you are interested, please contact