Ask Better Questions to Elicit Better Responses… Business Grads Nab Top Job Opportunities… Is Your Self-Doubt Impostor Syndrome?

Ask Better Questions to Elicit Better Responses  

If your questions are not garnering the kinds of responses you’re looking for, try planning ahead.

First, decide which type of questions is required. When you want to evaluate students’ preparation and comprehension–called lower-level questions–ask specifics such as Who was XX?, What is XX?, Where did X occur? …

When you want to measure students’ ability to solve problems, require them to seek additional information, or encourage complex thinking, you will need to ask higher-level questions. These questions require deeper thinking and demonstrate understanding. For example, What is the difference between the direct and indirect organizational strategy? or In which types of situations might the direct method be appropriate?

For effective questioning, consider these pointers.

  1. Define the question’s goal.
  2. Choose the context of the question, making sure to focus on only the most important material.
  3. Pose questions that require more than a yes/no response.
  4. Script your questions.
  5. Phrase questions clearly.
  6. Pick questions that don’t imply the answer.
  7. Anticipate student responses.

Source: Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Retrieved from

Business Grads Nab Top Job Opportunities

Graduates with business degrees remain the top undergraduate vertical (i.e. education that leads to a career) with steady growth and no signs of diminishing anytime soon, according to a report issued by Wiley Education.

The most popular program within the broad Business Major remains Business Administration, and the most common areas of specialization within it are management, marketing, accounting, and human resources. These specializations are projected to compose over six percent of all occupations by 2029.

Real estate, organizational leadership, and management science are among the fastest growing business programs, while areas that are shrinking are hospitality administration, human resource management, and organizational behavior studies.

Source: Wiley Education Services. (2021). The state of the education market: Trends and insights in key bachelor’s disciplines.

Is Your Self-Doubt Impostor Syndrome?

People who regularly feel their achievements and abilities don’t pass muster may be suffering from imposter syndrome, of the self-belief that they are not as competent as others. Such sentiments are often experienced by first-generation college students, but any student may experience them.

Imposter syndrome includes constant feelings of anxiety and inadequacy while downplaying accomplishments and successes. Some students experience these sentiments so intensely that they are debilitated and feel like frauds.

Experts say the causes for imposter syndrome among college students may arise when new students are thrust among other high achievers, making the “imposters” diminish their own capabilities. Social media can reinforce these damaging feelings when the perceived imposter views others’ accomplishments.

To counter these feelings, students are encouraged to be on the watch for negative self-talk and replace it with lists of their positive attributes.

Source: Crable, M. (2021, Spring). Feeling like you don’t belong? You might have impostor syndrome. USCTrojanFamily. Retrieved from


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