So you’ve got knowledge to share and a passion for helping others—welcome to
the club! Here’s how to spread the love in your answers:
Be clear, relevant, and helpful
Address the question that was asked as if you
were sitting side-by-side with a student, explaining each step as
Focus on teaching
Don't just give an answer; teach problem-solving
and explain concepts so that students are empowered to answer similar
questions in the future.
Start with a summary
Answers that begin with a clear, brief summary
help students quickly decide whether your answer will help them.
Think about the future
Good answers are helpful to both the original
asker and to anyone else who has the same question in the
future—write for both!
Surround numbers and special characters with #’s
to format them correctly—learn how here
Include images and video
Students learn in different ways; set them up for
success! Always explain in words as well, though.
The community agrees that the following behaviors distract from learning.
Copy-and-paste text from other sites
Your answers should be original (written by you).
Borrowing small snippets from others is ok sometimes, but never
reuse more than a sentence (even if you cite your source).
Use personal stories
Remember, it’s all about helping the student!
Personal experiences can be alienating or confusing for students
who don’t relate to them.
Have a conversation in the answer
That’s what comments are for! Don’t ask for
clarification or include content that isn’t exclusively relevant
to the question in your answer—this is distracting for readers
who are trying to learn.
Spam or hawk
Socratic is for learning, not promoting! You’re
welcome to link to external sites, but an answer is not the place
to advertise your own.
Use mature or offensive language
Socratic is a safe learning environment for
students of all ages—leave profanity and inappropriate language
at the door.