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    I study economics and a fair few of our lecturers ask little questions mainly short and straightforward ones to us as they go through.

    They are lucky if 10% of their questions get one answer even when it is GCSE level easy, and this is a lecture of 120 people. Saying "any questions?" at the end has never got a response. Often around 4-5 five ask the lecturer something at the end.

    Whats it like with your lectures?
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    I have about 230 in my lectures (Law) and very very rarely will anybody say anything. It's not even a shy bunch if tutorials/seminars are anything to go by either.

    I guess it's too risky? Some people have had their voices/accents giggled at on a few occasions and getting an answer wrong in front of that many people is probably too embarrassing.

    Luckily, our lecturers don't really ask questions, other than the odd "is everybody clear on this topic?".
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    As I'm based at a rural campus, we have very small numbers in lectures in comparison. 30-150 max students per lecture, depending on how many courses are mixed together.

    I find that the more people there are, the less people like to speak up.

    Our physiology lecturer practically begs people to ask questions!
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    Same as above in terms of the fewer people the more vocal people are, although we do have a couple of people on our course who take the mantle and answer 90% of all questions!
 
 
 
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