for Helping a Student
General Questions to Ask Your Student:
To support this
learning, it is best to not do homework problems for your child, even
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
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 with you?
- Do you have some examples in your notes or toolkit that would help
us think about this problem? Did your class do a Checkpoint recently
that would be relevant?
- Explain to me what
you know right now, and why that is not enough to do this problem.
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 another
- 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? Maybe that person has something
in class notes that you missed.
- Now that you have a solution, does it make sense? Can you check your
solution? Have you answered clearly and completely? Convince me.