Sample Questions for the First Meeting
The first meeting with a student should focus on getting to know the student and discussing your role as an advisor. Some students will talk freely and readily provide the information when asked to tell a little about themselves. If the student appears shy or says very little, you can use some of the following questions to obtain information and build rapport with the student.
- What high school did you graduate from? Can you tell me how well you think your high school prepared you for the challenges of WPI?
- Where do you live at WPI? What is you local address, phone number, and email address to put in my file? Are you familiar with the email system on campus?
- Where are you in the math course sequence? Have you thought about your social science and physical education courses? How about your Humanities Sufficiency?
- Have you taken any courses within your major yet? How are they going?
- Is there a specific aspect of your major that particularly interests you?
- What led you to choose this major?
- Are you involved in any kind of extra-curricular activities, such as campus groups or part-time jobs?
- Have you received any scholarships? If so, what is required for you to keep those scholarships?
- What are your goals after graduation from WPI (employment, graduate school, etc.)?
- What do you expect from me as your advisor?
You can use these questions as a guideline for initial sessions with students. You can also save the information from these questions in the student's folder. It is also a good idea to ask students for a resume to keep on file once they have created one to stay informed about their career goals and progress.Maintained by firstname.lastname@example.org
Last modified: May 31, 2007 09:43:25