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Asking Questions to Improve Learning



The Teaching Center at Washington University in St Louis provides some general strategies to keep in mind when asking questions and facilitating discussion.

Key Points

  • Gear your questions towards course goals
  • Use direct, specific questions
  • Ask only one question at a time
  • Use questions throughout the whole class time
  • Use open-ended questions
  • Reflect on your questions and refine them after each class
  • Give students time to think and respond before giving them the answer
  • Redirect wrong answers towards a correct one
  • Let students finish their answers, do not interject

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