What is it?
As part of their lecture, many lecturers regularly hold question and answer sessions where students are encouraged to ask any questions they may have relating to the lecturer content, or an upcoming assignment or exam for example. This is an excellent opportunity for students not only to highlight any concerns they may have, but also to benefit from the feedback offered to their peers. Teaching staff also invite their students to consult them either at the end of a lecture on a one-to-one basis or during their office hours. This option is more suited to students who do not feel comfortable asking questions in front of their class. Alternatively, if students are unable to attend their lecturer’s office hours, most lecturers will be more than willing to schedule an appointment at a later date.
How can students make the most of it?
Students should not be afraid of voicing any concerns they may have at the end of a lecture or seminar to their tutor. They should therefore be encouraged to have the confidence to consult their tutor either in front of the whole class or a one-to-one basis at the end of the lesson. This can often be a valuable opportunity for students to resolve any issues they may be experiencing in an informal setting and equally benefit from feedback based on fellow students’ concerns.