Add Custom Hints to Assignment Questions

You can show your own hint for any question on your assignments, and set the hint to be shown only after a certain number of submissions. Adding custom hints to assignment questions is not the same as adding hints in your own questions using the $HINT variable. 

Adding Custom Hints to Assignment Questions

Adding Hints in Your Own Questions Using $HINT

You can add a hint to any question, including textbook questions.

You can add a hint only to your own questions.

You do not need to know how to create questions in WebAssign.

You must know how to create questions in WebAssign.

Hints are displayed after a specified number of submissions.

Hints can be displayed based on any criteria, including the content of the student's response.

Hint display is not affected by the display setting for hints in the assignment.

Hint display is determined by the display setting for hints in the assignment.

Hints cannot include links to practice or tutorial questions.

Hints can include links to practice or tutorial questions.

Because your custom hints are not based on the content of your students' responses, you can use custom hints to address common mistakes or to provide additional instructional content for the question.

Tip When you apply automatic penalties based on the number of submissions your students make, you can use custom hints to warn students before they incur a penalty.

As with the assignment description and instructions, you can use simple HTML and the <userimage> and <userfile> tags in your custom hints.

  1. If needed, click Show Per-Question Settings and select Learning Tools & Feedback to show the Learning Tools & Feedback column in the questions list.
  2. Click edit in the Learning Tools & Feedback column for the question.
  3. In the Custom Hint row:
    1. Select the check box for Show Before Due Date.
    2. Type the number of submissions that your students need to make for the hint to be shown.
    3. Type your hint in the text box.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Click Save to apply your changes.