Formative is excited to present a new functionality to enhance the feedback loop and re-enforce formative practices in teaching - adding hints to questions!

When creating a question, teachers will be able to add a hint to support struggling students. When a hint has been added to a formative, the students will be able to request viewing the hint - an action that will then be recorded on their response card for the teacher to view.

Adding a hint to a question
  1. Locate the "Add a hint" field below the question and click on it

  2. Type your hint into the text field.

  3. You can use the + button to the far right of the text field to add a hint in the form of an image, a video, an audio recording, an emoji, and more; or to enhance your already written hint with them.

  4. To remove a hint simply click on the trash icon next to it

Generating a hint with ChatGPT (Gold plan Add-on feature)

If your school is subscribed to a Formative Gold plan and has opted in to our ChatGPT Hint Add-on, you may also click on the "Generate with ChatGPT" button for our system to display several options for you to choose or draw inspiration from.

How will my students view the hint?

When a hint has been added to a question, students will be able to "request" viewing the hint by clicking the hint icon, which will be located next to the feedback icon. If you did not add a hint, the icon will not appear for the student.

Clicking on the icon will present the student with the hint you have provided, and the request to view the hint will be recorded on their answer card

How do I know if my students used the hint?

Once a student has used the hint option, their request will be recorded on the corresponding response card on your "Responses" tab.

An indication "Student requested a hint X minutes ago" will be displayed on the right-side panel view of the student's responses. Both on the student's full submission (Click on the student's total score/percentage), and on the individual response card (click on the student's individual response).

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