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One important strategy in Socratic tutoring is the directed line of reasoning, in which the tutor asks a series of directive questions, to help the student follow a particular approach to the problem. The questions may contain useful information to assist the student in making the argument. If the student gets stuck, the tutor often supplies a hint. The result is an effective dialog with the student that helps students reason about the solution to a problem, while still feeling they are solving it themselves.