evaluationquestionsEvaluations are great ways for instructors to learn more about what elements of their teaching plan, classroom layout, and even personality aren’t working for their students. A teacher’s priority should be to make learning a safe, productive, and efficient process for students, while still challenging them to push themselves to their fullest potential. If some part of the instructor’s system is a hindrance to that, they need to know, and who better to hear it from but the students themselves?

Of course, many professors are also required to distribute evaluations at the completion of each quarter, but mandatory or not, teachers – and those in charge of putting together evaluations – should make the most of this opportunity. How can they do that? Well, they can start by asking the right questions! Read on for nearly 100 sample evaluation questions you can use to get only the most useful feedback from your students.

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What Should Evaluation Questions Ask?

The best evaluation forms are the ones that ask a broad range of questions about different aspects of a course: everything from the teacher, to the syllabus, to the topic of study, the required materials, text books, office hour availability, classroom layout, schedule, workload, and more. These categories should be broken up, so that students filling out the evaluation form can keep themselves focused on one idea at a time. The evaluation form should also be relatively short, and ask only the most relevant questions about a class.

Determining what’s most relevant can be tricky, though, because often there’s no way to find out about important aspects that you might’ve overlooked, except for with actual feedback from the students. This is why it’s good to leave an additional questions/comments section at the end of the evaluation form, to allow students to vent any particular frustrations you might not even be aware of at all.

Finally, evaluation forms should ask for a mix of written feedback and anchor choices. Asking for a decent amount of written feedback will certainly generate more detailed answers from students, but most students don’t want to stay 20 minutes after a final has ended to write out an essay for their teacher – inconvenient, but true! Anchor choices allow students to rate their experience quickly, plus it’s something you can quantify at a glance without having to read out long, drawn out explanations yourself. Both are useful for evaluating the good and the bad of a class.

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Sample Evaluation Questions

The following sample evaluation questions will be broken up into relevant categories, each of which will serves as its own sample of the kinds of topics you should be asking your students to comment on.

Basic Identifying Questions

Class Expectations

Lecture Quality

Teacher Evaluation

Instructor or Teacher’s Assistant Office Hours

Time Commitment

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Homework and Studying

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Course Materials

Technology and Other Resources

Don’t be that teacher who doesn’t know how to use the computer, or the internet, or spends 20 minutes trying to setup the projector during class! Check out this course on utilizing technology in the classroom for some tips on best practices.

Areas of Improvement

Teaching isn’t easy, and not all the feedback you receive from these evaluation questions will be positive. But, there are ways to keep improving. Check out this course on how to teach anything to anyone. For those who are struggling with a tough crowd, check out this course on how to motivate unmotivated students.

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