As an educator, it’s essential to gather feedback from your students to improve your teaching methods and curriculum. However, not all student surveys are created equal.
Some questions will yield valuable insights about what students need to succeed in your class, and others will end up wasting both your time and theirs. This guide will show you how to select the best student survey questions that give you the most value from each of your surveys.
1) Do you like the current format of the course?
If most students say they don’t like your current course format, it might be time to rethink your approach. Take feedback seriously, even if you disagree with what some students say.
After all, they have paid for a course they think will meet their needs, and if they don’t feel it does so effectively (for whatever reason), then that is an issue that needs to be addressed.
2) What are your favorite parts about this course?
Conducting a student survey can help you gather valuable feedback that could help improve your course.
Start by asking basic questions like What was your favorite part of today’s lecture? Or, do you find my teaching style engaging?
Then get more specific: Are there any aspects of what we covered today that you struggled with? If so, would you mind elaborating on that a bit?
3) What topics would you like to see more about in this course?
These survey questions will help you determine what topics are important to your students, which will allow you to write better course content and allocate your class time more efficiently.
After using these survey questions in your course, make sure to read through each student’s responses and think about why they answered as they did.
Are there any recurring themes? Does one question consistently generate a lot of other answers? If so, it might be time to give that topic its lesson or assignment!
4) What topics would you like to see less about in this course?
Students often feel overwhelmed when they’re just starting, especially if they’re unsure what information is most important to their success.
You can ask them what topics would you like to see less about in this course? The answer will help you understand what areas your students struggle with, which means you can adjust your approach as needed.
6) Is there anything else you’d like to tell me?
A question that encourages students to share more than they would normally. It gives you a chance to learn more about what they think of your class and what could be improved, making it an effective means of receiving valuable feedback.
These questions are just samples. You may use these questions as references while creating your student survey form.