Which of the following is NOT a way that tutors can help students improve their critical thinking?
A. Don’t automatically answer questions the student has. Instead, whenever possible, turn the question back to the student. Ask questions like: What do you think? What ideas do you have about that? What has been your experience? B. Help students talk through problems. Encourage them to think out loud and model this yourself by vocalizing your own thought processes, trying to implement specific reasoning skills as you do so. C. Shorten your response time. Remember that it takes time to think and students may be anxious, particularly if they feel they are put on-the-spot,causing them to think harder. D. Have students analyze their own work, looking for patterns in their thinking and in their mistakes. E. Encourage students to see the problem, situation, or concept from a different viewpoint. If working on a math problem, for example, ask the student if he or she can think of another way to solve the problem.
The correct answer to this question is C, Shorten your response time. Remember that it takes time to think, and students may be anxious, particularly if they feel they are put on-the-spot, causing them to think harder. Shortening the response time may make a student feel like a tutor is not attentive enough.
Along with that, the student may feel disconnected from the subject and not want to learn anymore. As a tutor, one must give the students extra care and encouragement because they are already having issues with a class or subject. An excellent tutor will help the student improve in their studies.