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February 2003 Issue

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Student Study Skills Tips

By Robin York, Chemeketa Community College

Email: yorr@exchange.chemeketa.edu

Ask Questions in Class!!!

Unfortunately, many students are reluctant to ask questions in class. They are either intimidated by their instructor or they are afraid that their question is stupid.

First of all, most teachers are not fearsome and unapproachable. Many work in schools and colleges because they enjoy teaching. They also know that a good way to check students' understanding is to stop at certain points in a lecture and ask, "Any questions?". At this time, you should feel free to ask a question. Even if the instructor does not request questions, raise your hand if you want a point clarified.

Second, the only stupid thing about asking questions is the people who criticize students for asking questions. You have every right to ask questions if you do so tactfully. Remember, the only stupid question is the one that isn't asked.


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