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Your Guide to Socratic
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:
  1. 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 you go
  2. 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.
  3. Start with a summary
    Answers that begin with a clear, brief summary help students quickly decide whether your answer will help them.
  4. 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!
  5. Add formatting
    Surround numbers and special characters with #’s to format them correctly—learn how here.
  6. 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. Please don’t:
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Use mature or offensive language
    Socratic is a safe learning environment for students of all ages—leave profanity and inappropriate language at the door.