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5 Questions a Student Should Ask the Teacher

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Some students love to ask questions in class while others prefer to keep quiet. Although it can be intimidating for kids to raise their hands and ask the teacher pertinent questions, they can learn so much valuable information by speaking up from time to time. Whether a student is curious about the specifics of a topic or needs clarification on homework it’s highly beneficial for them to learn how to ask their teacher certain types of questions.

Assignment clarification
Many young students go home to get started on an important assignment only to find out that they didn’t quite understand the scope of work. This can be very frustrating because they don’t know how to get started or, perhaps they do a great job on their homework but end up handing in something different than what the teacher was expecting. Generally, they will either get marked down, or they will have to redo parts of the assignment until it fits with the intended scope of work. This can be stressful for students who don’t have a lot of free time as it is. In the long run, it’s better for students to make sure they know exactly what they’re supposed to be doing.

Studying for an exam
Many students begin their test preparation and realize that they’re not exactly sure what will even be on the test. Teachers of older students hand out a study guide, but this may not be so for younger students or shorter exams. As a result, many students end up trying to study chapters 1 through 20 when they only really had to review chapters 5, 8, and 16. Learning how to study for an exam appropriately can take some time, but if students have to study too much material, they become overly stressed out early on in their academic career. Whether students raise their hand in class or speak to the teacher, later on, it’s important to clarify what information will be on the test and how best to study for it.

How much is an assignment worth?
Although students shouldn’t immediately raise their hand after an assignment is given to ask how many points its worth, it’s important for them to obtain this information at some point. If students are becoming overwhelmed with the amount of time they’re spending on homework, they might put more focus into an assignment worth 10% of their final grade than something worth only 2%. However, students may not know this information automatically.

Important concepts
In addition to focusing on percentage points and test questions, can also work on figuring out which concepts are most important to the general topic of the class. Some information presented in class is useful background information, but students may not need to use it on a daily basis. On the other hand, some concepts are essential to learning reading comprehension, writing, or math. Students are encouraged to ask questions that clarify different elements of important concepts so they can learn more about them and build upon them in the months to come.

Study skills
Students aren’t born knowing how to study for a particular class. Rather, study skills are developed with practice and time. As a result, students are encouraged to talk with their teacher about different ways to study that might work for them. Each learner is an individual who will have different strengths and weaknesses, so they may find that working with a private tutor can help them develop the study skills that work best for them. Whether a student is consulting a classroom teacher or an in-home tutor, learning more about study skills is essential to making learning a fun and exciting process.

Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerds. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student. She has worked with students from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and Africa.

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