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Communication Strategies Faculty Resources: Questioning


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Ask questions throughout a process to ensure needs are met.

Using this Strategy

Students will use this strategy when they ask questions to:

  • Read critically when reviewing class readings.
  • Clarify assignment details.
  • Think critically about outside sources when doing research.
  • Find out if they are on track with their assignment outline.
  • Find out if their teammate needs help completing their portion of the work.
  • Resolve a conflict during group work.
  • Find out how to improve their assignment before handing it in.

Faculty Blog: Questioning

Read about developing this strategy with your students in the Faculty Blog post: Communication Strategies: Questioning

Key Resources

To learn how to read critically:

To learn how to be critical when reading online sources:

To learn about using critical thinking:

To learn about critical thinking skills:

To learn about asking questions:

To learn about the importance of asking good questions:


Related Academic Success Centre Supports

Faculty can access the following resources through Library & Academic Services to help their students develop this strategy:

Students can access the following resources through Library & Academic Services to develop this strategy:

  • Tutoring for individualized and small group support, to help develop critical thinking and questioning skills relating to course content.
  • Writing Tutoring, for individualized in-person and email support to develop critical thinking and questioning skills within academic writing. 
  • EAL Tutoring, for individualized language development for students whose first language is not English, who need support developing the language skills and confidence to effectively ask questions.
  • Academic Coaching, to develop the academic skills relating to critical thinking.