Faculty Advisor

Heffernan, Cristina Lindquist

Faculty Advisor

Heffernan, Neil


To some students, homework can feel more like a chore than a learning experience. In some cases students will not even finish the entire assignment. We believe the problem is that the students are not engaged enough and instead become bored and quit. Our attempted solution to this problem was to add comics into the assignment problems. Using ASSISTments to test our theory, six problem sets were created, each one covering a different high school math topic. In the end we were able to come to the conclusion that putting distractions inside or outside the problems resulted in longer completion times for students while not increasing completion rate.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

Advisor Department

Computer Science