Here are a few gems I've received this week alone:
Am I actually supposed to turn in the assignment in the place labeled "Assignments"?
I don't understand how to do the research project. Where are the directions? (This after having received instructions about exactly where the directions are and what to click on as well as an email recap of what to do and regular contact about the project.)
I just figured out how to do the research project. Can I turn in the six assignments that were already due so you can grade them this weekend? (A seventh is also due this weekend.)
How do I know when anything is due? (All assignments have due dates on them, and the dates are also listed on the course calendar and in the learning modules with links to the assignments. Whenever they log in, the LMS immediately gives them a to-do list for the week which links directly to the assignments.)
All of these are questions that should have been asked weeks ago, and not a single one of them really needed to be asked. They would know the answers if they would just read the directions. I encourage specific questions if they don't understand something, but not saying anything at all until it's too late or just saying "I don't understand" is about as helpful as saying, "Here is a duck who is friends with a hamster."