Faculty Advisor

Heffernan, Cristina Lindquist

Faculty Advisor

Heffernan, Neil


The purpose of this study is to determine if students do better in math problems if they watch motivational videos during the skillbuilders in ASSISTments online tutoring system. We designed skillbuilders where students practice math problems as part of their homework. In the experimental condition, students get motivational videos when they get problems wrong. In the control, students do not get the videos. A between-subject analysis revealed that students completed significantly more questions when viewing motivational videos. A review of homework completion rates did not reveal a reliable difference. Overall, the study finds that motivational videos are effective in enhancing students' persistence in doing their assignments.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

Advisor Department

Computer Science