The Prompt Response Method
A prompt is a statement or a question that requests a response. Generally, tutors prompt with a question and students respond.
The following scenario is an example of the Prompt-Response Method:
Tutor (prompt): “How do I find the horizontal intercepts?” Student (response): “I plug zero in the y and solve for x.”
The tutor’s prompt is a leading question, a very common tutoring technique. This question helped the tutor identify the information the student has already mastered. Tutor initiated prompts should be questions designed to engage the student. See the ‘Asking the Right Questions’ section of this manual for more information about effective questioning techniques.
Another example of using the Prompt-Response Method:
Student (prompt): “I don’t get the difference between a domain and range.”
Tutor (response): “What do you know about domain and range?”
The tutor did not answer the student’s question, but instead responded with another prompt in the form of a question. Again the tutor offered a prompt to help clarify for both of them the student’s level of knowledge.
Advantages of Tutor Prompt Student Respond
Disadvantages of Tutor Prompt Student Respond
Tips for Using the Prompt Response Method