If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.
I ask a lot of questions most of the time to understand the problem at hand. I learned that in order for me to get the answer I’m looking for, it’s important to craft the question.
It helps that the question is specific. If the question has a lot of different answers, then the question might be broad. Break the question down, analyze if it be broken down into parts and knowing what you want also helps.
Arm your question with knowledge
It’s important to make sure that you already made an effort researching the material before asking the question. It takes a bit of work to do this but finding out the answer for yourself is rewarding. Googling a question helps, many times, the answer is already online. If you can’t google it try using different keywords or a different angle.