Like when the teacher is talking and you already know the answer way before she finishes asking the question. You are in a state of ...
I'm trying to think of the word or words that best describe this state of mind. It's a state that I want to create as a teacher where I repeatedly give students more explicit examples of a concept over time, but I wait until the very end to point out the obvious concept that connects all those examples. I want the student to have a sense of anticipation and excitement that they already know what concept I'm referring to before I ever state it explicitly. I'm hoping this teaching exercise will build their confidence in the material. I just don't know the best term to use to describe this state of mind that I'm trying to induce in the student.
I have considered using the words
suspense but I am looking for something a little more specific to the cognitive aspect of the meaning. It's almost something attune to a mental itch that you really, really want to scratch.