Questions to Ask When Helping a Student
General Questions to Ask Your Student
To support this learning, it is best to not do homework problems for
your student, even if this is accompanied by an explanation. Instead
we suggest you ask questions like those below. Questions such as these
work to enhance learning and success, whether the homework question is
very basic, or very complex. This is a good place to start all help sessions.
What have you been doing in class that relates to this problem?
Can you explain the main ideas to me so I can think about the problem
Do you have some examples in your notes or toolkit that would help
us think about this problem? Did your class do a Summarize the Mathematics
recently that would be relevant?
Explain to me what you know right now, and why that is not enough
to do this problem.
Explain these vocabulary words to me. Are there other words that
you don't understand?
What have you tried? Explain the steps to me. Can you explain this
Is there a way to organize this, with a sketch or a diagram or a
graph or a table, that might help us get a handle on the problem?
If you can't complete the problem, can you make a simpler problem
that you can complete?
Write down a question that tells your teacher where you got lost.
Is there someone else on your team that you can call to ask if they
are also having difficulty?
Now that you have a solution, does it make sense? Can you check
your solution? Have you answered clearly and completely? Convince