How to Ask Questions in Class
Less than 2 Minutes
Learn tips on how to be comfortable asking questions in class.
"The important thing is not to stop questioning..." - Albert Einstein
Cartoon Animals express why they are uncomfortable speaking in class
- "I'm shy or too nervous to ask."
- "I don't understand the material well enough to ask a good question."
- "I worry my question may be stupid."
- "I don't want to disrupt the flow of the class."
- "I'm intimidated by my prof."
Tip 1: Prepare
- Do the readings ahead of time so you know the basics. - If you think of a question before class, write it down. - Practice by asking questions to your friends.
Tip 2: Focus on learning
- It's OK to be nervous; it gets easier with practice
- Don't get thrown off by negative self-talk or other unhelpful distractions
- It really is true: There are no stupid questions
- Asking questions is proved to lead to better learning (and better grades)
Tip 3: Try it out
- Challenge yourself: take a risk and just ask
- Chances are you have the same questions as others in the class; take one for the team!
- If you aren't ready to ask in class, contact your instructor before or after class, by email or during office hours
- Most profs love it when you ask questions. It shows you are engaged in learning.