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Therapy Questions Every Therapist Should Be Asking

Healing conversations are an art form in peril of being lost to our busy lives.

The ultimate goal of talk therapy is to enable the process of psychological and emotional healing along the continuum from the problematic toward a sense of greater mental wellbeing.

Although we often come to therapy with a problem, we also come as people who want to be heard and understood, feel like we matter, wish to learn self-compassion, and want to find partnership in helping us heal and see ourselves and our life situation in a different light.

I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.

Richard Feynman

Progress in a therapeutic relationship cannot be made unless the client feels safe to speak their mind, and it is on the practitioner to create that climate of openness and transparency.

The process also often requires the clinician’s willingness to work diligently to help clients understand what they want, the patience to help them learn to own all aspects of themselves, including contradictory feelings, and the ability to create a safe space to allow for transformation to occur.

Most of what happens in talk therapy is accomplished through the skillful use of questions, but only second to a lot of active listening.

This article surveys different approaches to asking therapeutic questions meant for both practitioners and their clients and gives examples of how the quality of questions we ask can improve our lives. For more common therapy questions, see our related post: Classic Therapy Questions Therapists Tend to Ask.

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This Article Contains:

  • 7 Questions Designed for the First Therapy Session
  • Therapy Intake Questions to Ask Patients
  • 15 Useful Therapy Questions to Ask Yourself
  • 20 Couples Therapy Questions Designed to Improve Relationships
  • 30 Family Therapy Assessment Questions
  • The Family Therapy Questions Game
  • Therapeutic Questions for Youth
  • 15 Therapeutic Questions for Group Therapy Discussions
  • A Take-Home Message
  • References

7 Questions Designed for the First Therapy Session

The first therapy session must focus on relationship building and creating rapport, which are necessary to establish an effective foundation for a practitioner–client relationship, often referred to as the therapeutic alliance. The outcomes of therapy are heavily dependent on the quality of this relationship (Lambert & Barley, 2001).

Ideally, the first therapy session should be a form of positive inception so the practitioner can set the stage for future interactions. Carl Rogers (1961) used to say that the therapist must create an environment where everyone can be themselves.

Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.

Shannon L. Alder

The very first question in therapy is usually about the presenting problem or the chief complaint for which the client comes to therapy, often followed by an exploration of the client’s past experience with therapy, if any, and their expectations of future outcomes of therapy.

1. What brings you here today?

For clients who need encouragement to open up, it may be helpful to remark on their bravery in seeking therapy.

For those who are at the other extreme and go into a lengthy and detailed explanation of their issues, perhaps having been in therapy before, it is best to listen empathically first before complimenting them on how well they appear to know themselves and how they have thought a lot about what they would like to talk about in therapy.

2. Have you ever seen a counselor before?

For those who are in therapy for the first time, observing how comfortable and confident they are in talking about the challenges in their life can help set the stage for further disclosure.

It may be helpful to set some expectation of what is going to happen in the therapeutic process by explaining how asking questions is at the core of the process and reassuring the client that they should feel free to interrupt at any time and to steer the conversation to where they need it to go.

If the client has seen a counselor before, it can prove very valuable to inquire further about their previous experience in therapy by asking about frequency, duration, and issues discussed during their previous engagements, as well as one thing they remember most that a former counselor told them.

An important aspect for gauging clients’ engagement in the process of therapy is asking them about what went right or didn’t turn out the way they would have liked in their previous therapeutic engagement, as this can point to where they place the sense of responsibility for their situation.

Inquiring if the client achieved the results they sought and if they have been successful in maintaining them outside of the therapeutic relationship can also provide valuable insight into their motivation for change.

3. What do you expect from the counseling process?

Establishing a mutual agreement and setting expectations for the engagement is crucial to making progress. Clients’ goals and preferences for the format and level of interaction need to be taken into consideration.

Some clients like to vent and have the counselor listen; others want a high level of interaction and a spirited back-and-forth. It is also important to inquire how the client learns best and if they like to receive homework.

Other examples of questions that can point to the tone and flow of future communications can include the following:

  1. How many meetings do you think it will take to achieve your goals?
  2. How might you undermine achieving your own goals?
  3. How do you feel about using good advice to grow from?
  4. How will we know when we have been successful in achieving your goals for therapy?

Therapy Intake Questions to Ask Patients

Levy et al. (2018) analyzed records from healthcare providers and found that:

  • 45.7% of adults avoided telling their providers that they disagreed with their care recommendations.
  • 81.8% of adults withheld information because they didn’t want to be lectured or judged.

Many aspects of clients’ lives can influence their engagement and progress in therapy.

Indeed, questions about preexisting medical conditions, current and past treatments, medications, and family history are essential to the effective assessment of needs and the successful provision of therapeutic treatment. Therefore, having a clear picture of these details is a critical part of the initial intake process.

In order to gather this information securely and efficiently, therapists are increasingly drawing on digital technologies. For instance, using a blended care platform such as Quenza (pictured here), therapists can design and distribute standardized sets of intake materials, such as forms and agreements, that clients can complete on their own devices and at a time that suits them.

The benefits of providing intake forms digitally is that they can facilitate better documentation and record keeping for practitioners. Additionally, and unlike paper forms, they can be programmed to ensure no critical questions are accidentally missed.

It is important to note that while most therapists do not prescribe medication, many often partner with other medical professionals by making recommendations, particularly in instances when clients have been referred for therapy.

An intake form is attached and can be a useful guide for some of the issues that may require further exploration.

15 Useful Therapy Questions to Ask Yourself

We get into thinking ruts and routines and often function on autopilot without giving much consideration to the way we go about our day or spend our time and energy.

We can break this mindless cycle by asking meaningful questions of ourselves and reflecting deeply on our thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Many self-help therapy books have popularized a way of doing just that.

One such approach can be found in vastly popular notebooks that provide inspirational therapy quotes or reflective writing prompts that get our cognitive wheels spinning.

The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.

John Fowles, The Magus

Another important form of self-inquiry is to ask yourself questions that we can’t answer honestly in the presence of anyone else, probing and burning questions that we can often only answer for ourselves. They may require some reflection, examination of values, and perhaps writing, if only to organize our thoughts.

Here is a list of important questions we should revisit periodically:

  • Assessing our life satisfaction – Tools like the Wheel of Life (accessible via the linked post) or one of the many Happiness Assessments are a great place to start.
  • Exploring meaning in our lives – Our masterclass in Meaning and Valued Living is a great place to start.
  • Defining our values – value exploration exercises
  • Finding character strengths – VIA Strengths Assessment
  • Visualizing goals – SMART goal setting, tracking how we invest our time with experience sampling method or Miracle Question (included below)
  • Cultivating gratitude – Three good things exercise
  • Practicing forgiveness – Empty chair technique (included below)
  • Making bucket lists

Other useful questions are those that we can use to motivate ourselves. For example, appreciative inquiry questions focus on strengths and the propelling power our past successes can have on self-efficacy and motivation toward goal pursuit.

Here are a few examples of questions and prompts based on appreciative inquiry:

  • Think back through your career. Locate a moment that was a high point, when you felt most productive and engaged. Describe how you felt and what made the situation possible.
  • Without being humble, describe what you value most about yourself and your work.
  • Describe your three concrete wishes for your future.
  • Describe the most energizing moment, a real “high” from your professional life. What made it happen?
  • How do you stay professionally affirmed, renewed, enthusiastic, and inspired?

Sometimes, self-therapy can feel like chasing our tail, particularly for those who already live in their heads a bit too much and may feel a bit stuck.

The most important questions to ask ourselves at this point are those that allow us to evaluate whether we should be reaching for help and if our situation warrants considering therapy.

  • Have I struggled to be myself lately?
  • Has daily life felt harder lately?
  • Do I have a confidante who I can trust to be impartial?
  • Is there a big choice in my life I have been struggling with?
  • Is my worry increasing, and are my thoughts less logical?
  • Have I lost interest in things I used to love lately?
  • Have friends been avoiding me or saying they have been worried about me?
  • Am I just not bouncing back from something?
  • Do I have a habit that I keep secret from others that causes me ongoing shame and life problems?
  • Do I spend most of my time feeling worthless compared to others?

20 Couples Therapy Questions Designed to Improve Relationships

Dr. John Gottman, an expert marriage therapist who has observed couples for over 40 years, tells us that we have a very high chance for miscommunication in close relationships (Gottman & Silver, 2015).

How do we cope with those unfavorable odds? Through acceptance, the practice of active listening, and the realization that relational conflict is an opportunity for growth.

Lack of acceptance is often an important component of relationship gridlock, as it causes both people to feel criticized or rejected (Gottman & Silver, 2015). There are always two points of view, both valid and right, from within each perception.

The need to be right prevents us from actively listening to each other. Communicating fundamental acceptance instead of rejection of the other person’s personality is therefore basic to all effective problem solving.

Active listening requires practice and comes down to moving from self-informed certainty to curiosity about the other person. It helps to adopt an “and stance,” where both stories are valid, the world is complex, both partners can get angry, both contribute to the situation, and both are doing their best.

Couples can improve their odds of having a productive talk by (Gottman & Silver, 2015):

  • Finding things in common (Gottman and Silver recommend having good Love Maps of each other)
  • Getting to know each other’s flexible and inflexible areas for negotiations
  • Offering to help meet the core needs of another person
  • If gridlock seems unavoidable, figuring out if we need a temporary compromise

What often happens in couples therapy is an equivalent of the two people getting to know each other in a different way, improving communications, and learning that conflict can be an opportunity for growth.

Some of the most common questions explored in couples therapy include:

  • Why choose today?
  • How did you decide to come to therapy?
  • What brought you together in the first place?
  • How does your relationship affect your levels of joy?
  • What do you wish your partner would do more?
  • How do you cultivate trust in your relationship?
  • Describe your level of satisfaction with intimacy in your relationship.
  • How would you rate your communication skills: negative, neutral, or positive?
  • What positive relationship rules do you follow?
  • In the recent past, what did you do when your partner disappointed you?
  • How much can you recall about what your partner did last week?
  • How would you describe your other relationships, like those with family and friends?
  • What family conflicts have you been embroiled in recently?
  • What relationship have you been in that you judged to be a failure?
  • Who do you call upon when your heart is hurting?
  • What is your most significant vulnerability or Achilles heel in relationships?
  • What is your relationship forecast for both now and in the future?
  • What counseling questions do you hope aren’t asked?

30 Family Therapy Assessment Questions

Some of the most important relationships in our lives can be both a source of happiness and the greatest struggle at the same time. The closest people in our lives influence in no small degree who we become as a person and shape our view of the world around us in significant ways we often underestimate.

Some approaches to family therapy employ systemic interpretations; for example, depression may be viewed as a symptom of a problem in the larger family.

When a family seeks counseling, the questions focus on the relationship’s dynamics, everyone’s met and unmet needs, and goals for the relationships. Assessing these factors, while it may seem complicated at first, is nevertheless worth the time.

Dysfunctional communication patterns within the family can be identified and corrected through teaching family members how to listen, ask questions, and respond non-defensively.

The genogram is one such tool used in family therapy. It’s mostly a family tree that provides a visual representation of three to four generations and explores how patterns or themes within families influence their current behavior and identifies whether relationships in the family have been close, distant, or ridden with conflicts.

It asks about values, beliefs, traditions, characteristics, and habits of family members, including health issues, alcohol and drug use, physical and mental health, violence, crime and trouble with the law, employment, and education. See Simple Guide to Genograms.

Some of the questions about relationships between family members include:

  • Who are you closest to?
  • What is/was your relationship like with… ?
  • How often do you see… ?
  • Where does … live now?
  • Is there anyone here that you really don’t get along with?
  • Is there anyone else who is very close in the family? Or who really don’t get along?

When exploring patterns and themes, good questions are:

  • Who are you most like?
  • What is … like? Who else is like them?
  • Did anyone else leave home early?
  • Is anyone else interested in art/science/etc.?

The following questions may also help explore the family background and family dynamics:

  • Who is important to you in your life? Why are these particular people important?
  • Who provides the most support in your life?
  • How have members of your family reacted to the problems that you are currently experiencing?
  • Are members of your extended family aware of what you have been experiencing?
  • What was it like growing up in your family?
  • Perhaps you could talk about some of the memories, both good and not so good.
  • What is it like for you right now living in your family?
  • How do you think your family might describe you? What qualities or strengths might they say you have?
  • Are there members of your extended family who you feel close to or feel that you have something in common with?
  • Did you feel safe in your family?
  • How does your family handle disagreements?
  • Is it okay to express your emotions in your family? To feel happy, sad, frustrated, angry, content, etc.?
  • Tell me about your different family members and how they express their emotions.
  • Were there times when you were worried about any of your family members? Why were you worried? How were these concerns handled?
  • What qualities do you bring to your family that are special or unique?
  • Were there any special activities that you did together?
  • Did your family mix with other families?
  • What other information would you like me to know about your family that will be helpful during our time together?

The Family Therapy Questions Game

One of the most effective ways to address family dynamics, particularly when it involves children, is by playing games. It removes the formality and allows for interaction to unfold in a nonthreatening way that often brings out the best in all participants.

While it is fun for the children, it also allows the adults to regress for a moment and get down to the level of being playful and spontaneous. In the end, we find out that we don’t know as much as we thought we did about the most important people in our lives.

The family conversation starters below can be used in a family therapy session as well as at home. They can and should be personalized in a way that is age appropriate and has a specific goal in mind: to bring family members together, help them communicate effectively, express their emotions, or move toward constructive problem solving.

Another great activity known as ‘What will they say?‘ encourages family members to guess what another family member will say in response to a question (Lowenstein, 2010).

It allows family members not only to get to know each other better, but also to develop skills in asking each other questions, understanding that there are things that are similar between family members and things that are different. Finally, it helps make the point that family members, especially parents, may not know as much about each other as they think they do.

Create at least 20 questions, such as:

  • What is your favorite color?
  • What is your favorite dessert?
  • Who do you think gets angry the most in the family?
  • Who cries the most in the family?
  • Who laughs the most in the family?
  • Who watches TV the most in the family?
  • Who gives the most support to you?
  • Who gives Mom/Dad the most support?
  • What would the family member on your left like to get for their birthday?
  • Who is the best at following the rules?
  • Who sets the most rules?

To use these games effectively, it helps to make sure the questions connect to a family goal. The game can move reasonably quickly, giving everyone a turn and ending the session on a high note. Finally, many existing games, especially games and activities the family is already familiar with, can be adapted to provide an opportunity for a meaningful conversation.

Therapeutic Questions for Youth

There is no time more ridden with unanswered questions and throbbing with urgency as in our youth.

As teens grapple with discovering their identities and setting directions for their lives, it is an excellent opportunity to set standards for a self-reflective and inquisitive mind that is open to honest discussions and not afraid to ask questions.

As the saying goes, if we ask good questions, we get better answers. Below is a list of questions most frequently used in therapy with pre-teens to young adults and that anyone might find interesting.

  • What is the best compliment you have received?
  • In your opinion, what is the best song ever written?
  • If you could know one thing about the future, what would it be?
  • What is something you feel nervous about right now?
  • What is your happiest memory?
  • What is something that you did that you are proud of?
  • If someone’s underwear were showing, would you tell them?
  • I get mad when…
  • What calms you down when you get angry or upset?
  • What is your favorite animal and why?
  • My favorite sound is…
  • What is your favorite green thing?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
  • If your house was burning down, what one item would you grab and why?
  • Name two anger management techniques.
  • Name two positive values.
  • Name two ways you can show self-control in the school setting.
  • What would be the title of your autobiography?
  • Do you think people talk differently online than they do in person? Why?
  • What is one item you can’t live without?
  • What would you do if you were hungry and a lunchbox was left open and unattended?
  • What is better, giving your money or giving your time?
  • If you could add, change, or cancel one rule in your school, what would it be?
  • What does “habit” mean, and why is it hard to change?
  • Who do you trust the most and why?
  • Where do you feel the safest and why?
  • If you could change one rule that your family has, what would it be and why?
  • What is one word you would use to describe your family and why?
  • How do you think others view you and why?
  • If you could travel back in time to years ago and visit your younger self, what advice would you give yourself?
  • What five words best describe you?
  • If you could make one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, what would it be and why?
  • What does respect mean to you? Give an example.
  • What do you like the most about yourself?
  • If you could give one gift to every child in the world, what would it be and why?
  • What do you think is the most important job in the world? Why?
  • Tell us about a time when you felt sad. What helped get you through it?
  • What is the first symptom you notice when you feel mad?
  • Give two examples of acts of kindness.
  • Who is someone you consider a real-life hero and why?
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • Who do you wish you had a better relationship with, and what would make it better?
  • Share a time where you sought attention in an appropriate way. And in a negative way?
  • Choose one person in this room and compliment them.
  • Give two examples of communication with a teacher who accuses you of something you didn’t do.
  • Talk about a time when you witnessed someone being teased. What effect did the teasing have on that person?

One assessment tool that is particularly useful in work with young people with complex needs is the ecomap. It is a visual representation of current family relationships and also community and social networks where clients are encouraged to identify whether their relationships with their peers, school, social clubs, professionals, are strong, weak, or stressful. See these templates.

15 Therapeutic Questions for Group Therapy Discussions

Group therapy serves two distinct goals. While it addresses exploration of issues very much in the same way that individual therapy does, it also serves the purpose of finding ourselves in the environment where we feel less isolated from other people because many of those in the room share similar struggles.

Just as in individual therapy, clients often enact the same tendencies they bring to all their other relationships, and the client interaction within a group can often be a good reflection of how they show up in the relationships with other people in their lives (Yalom, 1983).

While the therapist is trained in delivering structure for the discussion and guiding the questions, the biggest benefit lies in the exchange between participants. Leaders within the group are usually appointed and tasked with looking for commonalities among members and encouraging everyone to be supportive of each other.

Most group therapies are done in a round-robin discussion format. Rules of conduct are established and adhered to, roles assigned for leaders of the group, and the room set up usually in a circle to encourage collaboration and everyone having a voice. Questions used in group therapy often focus on very much the same themes as individual therapy and include the reasons for being there and the expectations for the future.

  • Let’s start by spending a few minutes talking about the benefits of group therapy and what positive psychology groups are about.
  • Let’s go around and have each member tell us what you expect to get out of the group
  • Where else might you have been at this moment if you hadn’t come to this group session today?
  • What might you have chosen to do?
  • Is it your own decision to come here, or did someone else encourage you to do so?
  • How do you feel about coming here each week?
  • What do you like best about this session?
  • Is there something you don’t enjoy about this group session?
  • Are you particularly looking forward to anything?

Depending on the purpose of the group, be it anger management, bereavement, substance abuse, etc. , the content and the topics of discussion may vary. Although in a typical session, several topics and questions are provided, group leaders need not ask all questions or address all topics; instead, questions and topics should be selected as they relate to what is happening in the group. Some general questions could include:

  • What brought each of you into the group?
  • Tell us two or three words that best describe you.
  • Now, thinking about those words, how do they relate to why you are here?
  • What is your favorite thing about yourself, something that makes you feel positive and proud to be you?
  • Is there something new that has happened in your life recently?

Homework assignments and progress logs can be used between sessions, and educational material and handouts may be distributed. Many sessions start with reviews of progress and end with a recap of the activities.

A Take-Home Message

The value of deep, probing questions need not be reserved for the therapy session. There is no reason why we can’t have more of these healing conversations in our lives, but it is both an art and science and requires some practice. We can all get better at asking questions we want answers to, and applying the therapeutic approach to the process of self-discovery can prove a worthwhile endeavor.

The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions.

Claude Levi-Strauss

What questions do you think are important to ask, in therapy or not?

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  • Lambert, M., & Barley, D. E. (2001). Research summary on the therapeutic relationship and psychotherapy outcome. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 38(4), 357–361.
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6 Questions Counselors Can Ask Students Who Are Considering Early Decision

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At this point, you may be fielding tons of questions from anxious students wondering if they should apply to college early decision.

While each student’s application is unique, there are some general best practices for advising students in this situation. Here, fellow experienced high school counselors share their thoughts with six important questions to ask students who come to you for guidance.

1. Have You Already Started?

By fall of a student’s senior year, they should be well on their way to completing their application if they’re applying early decision. Elisia Howard, founder of College Insights, considers an early start so vital that she believes students opting for early decision should “start the college application process no later than mid-July to give themselves enough time to complete their essays and other materials.” Students who are just initiating their application process mid-fall, Howard adds, may want to think twice about applying early decision as they will likely be unable to present themselves in the best possible light on such a rushed timeline.

2. Are You Ready Now?

Joe Calendo MS, a high school counselor at Queen Creek High School in Arizona, says that starting the application isn’t the only factor to consider timewise. To apply early decision, students must feel that they are at the very top of their game right then. If a student is planning to “retake the ACT® or SAT® [exam] to get a higher score or raise their unweighted GPA in order to put their best foot forward while applying,” Calendo says, early decision may not be the route they want to take. 

“By applying early decision, students are giving up their chance to compare different [award] letters.”

– Elisia Howard

3. Can You Afford the School? 

Many students are unaware that financial flexibility is drastically reduced with early decision admission. Howard says, “Students don’t realize they won’t know if they can afford [a school] until they receive the [award] letter. By applying early decision, students are giving up their chance to compare different [award] letters.” This is a major factor for students to consider, and Christina June, a longtime high school counselor in the Washington, DC, metro area, says students should have a clear understanding before accruing more debt than necessary. It may be up to you to explain exactly how financial aid is awarded and why comparing offers is often too valuable an option to sacrifice.

4. Do You Understand Early Decision Is Binding?

Because early decision is a binding commitment, Howard emphasizes the importance of ensuring that all students who choose this route are aware that “they are obligated to attend that school once accepted.” While not technically a legal contract, there can be serious consequences to backing out of an early decision acceptance, including a decreased chance that the student will be admitted elsewhere and a strained relationship between the student’s high school counselor and the college. Any student prepared to apply early decision must also be prepared to accept an offer of admission.

5. Have You Done Your Homework?

Due to the binding nature of early decision, students need to research the school to make sure it is the right match for them. This includes visiting the campus, exploring the school’s website, talking to current and former students about the school’s social and academic culture and understanding their likelihood of acceptance. Howard sets rigid guidelines when advising her students on early decision. “Students should really only think about applying early decision if two conditions are met: They are 110% sure they want to go to a particular university and it is highly competitive [for them],” she says. Because these applicants are accepted at a higher rate than those applying through the regular application dates — about 47% acceptance compared to 36% in the regular pool — applying early decision can be an advantage. However, because of the financial unknown of early decision admission, it’s only worth the risk if that advantage is needed for the student to be admitted. June says students need to do “the research to figure out what’s in range for their target school and if their application needs the extra advantage.”

6. What’s Your Plan B?

No matter how extensively a student researches their early decision school and how well they prepare their application, there’s always the possibility they won’t be accepted. Before her students submit their applications, June says, “I encourage all of [them] to have at least one safety they’d be proud to say they’re attending.” She says it’s up to the high school counselor to help them find the ideal safety school, assuming they don’t already have one, and to remind them that “their college dreams can be achieved in more than one way.” 

Applying early decision can be a stressful process for both students and counselors. But these questions provide a roadmap for working through the issues so you can both arrive at a clear understanding of whether or not early decision is the right way to go.

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100 Questions to Ask Students While Visiting College -

Do you want to take a good tour of your future college? Want to get the most out of your visit? Then you should prepare good questions to ask when you visit college. Good thoughtful college questions you ask students will help you understand the school better.

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Attending a college gives a potential student the opportunity to go beyond image content and social media and understand the school on their own. This college visit will help you learn about a college environment that will suit your interests and your career goals.

There are many questions about the college to ask students, most of which will help them decide if the college should be on the list of schools to study.

Most of these well-thought-out questions will be listed in this article: 100 questions to ask students while on college campus What to do when attending college What are tips for attending college? nine0003

Basic College Questions to Ask a Student

  1. Why did you choose to study here?
  2. Do you like studying here?
  3. What is the strength of your school?
  4. Do you have any complaints about your school? What are the complaints?
  5. What do you think should be improved?
  6. How accessible is the school registrar, administrator and financial assistance
    officers, etc. ?

Academic college questions to ask a student

  1. Does your professor have office hours or can you meet them outside of class?
  2. Does your professor have good teachers?
  3. What specialties are popular?
  4. What is your favorite class?
  5. What kind of lessons do you have, lectures or discussions?
  6. How often are presentations and collaboration required?
  7. How much should I write and read in courses?
  8. Are you satisfied with academic advice?
  9. Do students use any writing centers or tutoring programs on campus? nine0016
  10. How big are your classes?
  11. Is studying abroad popular?
  12. What kind of training do you need for your specialties, independent or main project?
  13. Is a student allowed to conduct research with professors? Read: 10 things to do in the first week of college
  14. Typical everyday life, what is it like? nine0016
  15. What is the social scene like?
  16. Students spend, how much time do they study per week?
  17. What do you do and don't do when you're not in class?
  18. What do you do in your school's hometown?
  19. Does the student work on campus or off campus, and how easy is it to find part-time work?
  20. Are there concert venues and a cinema nearby?
  21. Was there a recent protest? What is the reason for the protest? How are faculty and staff reacting? nine0016
  22. Is it safe to work on campus at night and what security measures are in place?
  23. After the first year, most prefer to live off campus?
  24. How does the community and campus feel about safety?
  25. What percentage of students live on campus?
  26. How would you explain the community and the college's relationship with them?
  27. How did you manage to choose a roommate and dorm? nine0016
  28. What are you doing at the weekend?
  29. Did you like the food?
  30. Do some students live on campus?
  31. How is the hostel?
  32. What is your favorite place on campus?
  33. Where do you like to read?
  34. Are you popular in any club or organization?
  35. Is a computer class enough?
  36. School premises, how are they?
  37. Is there a lot of school spirit?
  38. Are sports popular? nine0016
  39. Is walking around school easy or not?
  40. How is Wi-Fi on campus?
  41. Are there many students in fraternities and sororities?

Student Affairs

  1. How would you describe your next student?
  2. Is there a friendly student in the school?
  3. Does the student interact with another course and race?
  4. Is there a foreign student at the college?
  5. Is there diversity on campus?
  6. Student clique?

Career college questions to ask students

  1. Is an internship available, how do I find it?
  2. Are our career services helpful?
  3. Do you have a mentor?
  4. Is it possible to develop leadership skills on campus?
  5. How easy is it to find summer jobs and other school jobs?
  6. Some famous alumni of your school, who are they?
  7. Do employers accept students to work on campus? nine0016
  8. Your school's alumni association, how visible are they on campus?
  9. Have you had practical experience outside of studies: what is

College questions to ask a student about graduation

  1. What is the record graduation rate in the last three years?
  2. Is there a main reason why students live prematurely?
  3. Students do not complete their studies on time, for what reasons?
  4. If you double the major, how long will it take? nine0016
  5. What does it take to graduate in four years?
  6. What are your records in the four years since graduation?

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College Financial Aid and Student Merit Award Questions

  1. What percentage of students' financial needs does the school usually meet?
  2. Does your percentage of needs decrease after your first year of study? nine0016
  3. What percentage of students does the school meet their needs with grants and scholarships?
  4. What is the average financial aid package for a school?
  5. What is the average school merit award?
  6. What are the requirements for a merit scholarship?
  7. Merit Scholarship requires a separate application?
  8. If higher education takes more than four years, what happened to financial aid?
  9. What percentage of students receive scholarships or grants? nine0016
  10. What is the average loan a student can save?
  11. What is the average amount of the federal loan in piuses that parents can give?
  12. Work-study opportunities, what are they?
  13. At what time did the annual tuition fee increase in which of the last years?
  14. Does the school provide scholarships for talents and specialties?
  15. where
    can i find out more about merit scholarships?
  16. Does the net price of the school give an accurate estimate of how much it will cost and when was the last upgrade? nine0016
  17. Does your school provide scholarships for athletes?
  18. What is the default student loan rate?
  19. Does the school provide financial training for its students?

College questions to ask a recent graduate

  1. What experience do you have in graduate school?
  2. Will you visit your alma mater if you can apply in time?
  3. What would you like to change?
  4. How do you feel, is your alma mater prepared for your life? nine0016
  5. How do you feel, is your alma mater preparing a career for you?
  6. Why did you decide to study here?
  7. What would change if you could change something at school?
  8. What do you like most about school?
  9. Besides, what do you like least about school?
  10. What is student performance like on campus?
  11. Students are not suitable for what?
  12. For which teenager would you recommend your school?

What to do when applying to college

Take a campus tour, which is great so you can learn more about the school's history, campus lifestyle and campus attractions, and have time to ask questions to the student.

You may even meet another potential student during the tour. You can share your ideas about the college or other school you are attending.

Attend their class

This will help you learn about class size, teaching style and structure. To understand the teaching philosophy and coursework, consider attending two or three classes and talking to professors after class. Questions in college can be asked to students immediately after class. nine0003

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Read the Student Newspaper

School Newspapers help you learn about student issues on campus and what academic and social events take place during the school year.

School newspapers may have the answers to most college questions a student needs to ask. You can find school newspapers in common areas such as lobbies and cafeterias. nine0003

You should make a list of questions

Make a list of college questions to ask the student to financial aid staff, students, and faculty admissions, and take it with you to every school. Thinking about the questions before attending college will make it easier to find a college.

Talk to a student

Ask current college students about student culture - do they have Greek fraternities and sororities? If so, to what extent do they dominate the social life of the school? Are there activities and
Can I join the club? How big is the school party?

Ignore what individual students don't like or dislike in the social area; just get information about college questions to ask a student, and then you can determine what works best for you.

Live the student lifestyle

You can walk around the library, eat in the school cafeteria and stay overnight in the hostel, chat with other students, thereby asking questions from the college to ask the student to see what he has to say. nine0003

This can give you the opportunity to live a day like a student and see if you enjoy it.

Attend a campus party or game

Attending a college party or game gives you a new insight into campus culture. You can link one or two to college questions to ask the student questions about life on campus.

Get them first before heading to the party. Strict parents?

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Check prices for school books at a bookstore.

Be sure to check the prices of books that may be required for your
courses. So you can find out how much the book budget is if you visit
that college. Look at the courses offered and textbook prices.

Take a tour of the surrounding city

You won't spend all your college time in the classroom. Look around for what restaurants, clubs, shops and other establishments are available. nine0003

Consult a financial advisor.

A financial advisor can help you determine if you qualify for scholarships or grants.

What advice would you give when attending college?

  • Make sure you spend enough time at each school to get a good feel for the campus.
    and academic opportunities.
  • Visit schools during the school day to better understand academics and student life. nine0016
  • Collect business cards from admissions staff, finance staff, and professors. Make a list of contact details of students who have provided you with useful information. This allows you to send thank you notes to those who have helped you and ask any additional questions you may have.
  • Do you play sports in high school or clubs? Talk to college coaches or leaders of organizations you want to join.
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  • 30 Questions to Test Your Students

    Back to school is not only a period of returning to school, but also of building relationships with both students and teachers. As a teacher, you will meet different students from different walks of life. It is very important to connect with them on a personal level, because this is the only way to build a long-term relationship with them. nine0003

    For this reason, we have compiled quizzes for students to help you better understand their background. Knowing their origin is the way to get to know them deeper because you will deal with them based on your knowledge of them. Moreover, you will become sympathetic to them by dealing with them on an individual basis.

    In order for you to teach students and make them enjoy the atmosphere, they must see themselves as valuable, feel safe around you, and enjoy the feeling of connection with you. As a result, they will freely open up to you in almost everything, while you create a better learning structure that develops belonging and connection. nine0003

    Why should you register with your students?

    Much of the classroom is based on face-to-face communication. There should be face-to-face communication that will help students feel connected to teachers and their classmates. If they don't feel connected, they spontaneously discharge. Well, when a student leaves the class, you may never get them again, even if they are still present.

    Moreover, this separation may lead to them being forced to go to school. As a result, the classroom may experience lower staff turnover, less completion of classroom assignments, and consistently lower academic performance. nine0003

    As a teacher, it is your responsibility to deliberately create a sense of presence in students during registration.

    Test questions might include how they are doing in class or how difficult it is for them to find their new class. This can happen if you find that their reactions to academic activities are not encouraging. From there, they can open up to you on more serious matters.

    You can also ask them about their group members and how they deal with them. This is a way to get to know a child who is not adjusting well to his peers and those who are at their best. nine0003

    Test questions may also be relevant to their study projects. You may be surprised that they didn't even understand your instructions. What should you do? You will need to shed light on some misconceptions and provide students with additional resources. If possible, you can help them track and record specific academic goals.

    You can also walk out of class and ask them questions about their favorite food, video games, or even a dance class they took. Students feel that you are genuinely interested when you go out of your way to ask them personal questions. nine0003

    However, judging by their response, they need to visit a school counselor or a psychologist, encouraging them to do so would be the greatest thing you can do for them.

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    Can I register students Practically?

    During the pandemic, most schools turned out to be virtual. It was a new concept for some teachers and their students. While it hasn't been easy, it has helped some schools create an online learning environment where teachers and students can still feel connected. Here are a few ideas that can help with a virtual check:

    • Social-emotional heart rate check - you can do this in the form of a preparatory event via videoconference. You can ask students some questions on the platform. Students can use the chat rooms to share their answers. Make it as creative as possible. Then give them some exercises that will challenge their brain and lead to the desired result.
    • Video check-ins - you can create a video and encourage them to create theirs too. The goal of video advertising is to share your feelings and gain a sense of control. Pay attention to tone of voice and body language. Praise them for their efforts. nine0016
    • Small group registration - you can organize a small meeting via video conferencing for students, dividing them into different groups. When meeting with them, observe their abilities and progress. You can use this opportunity to share some of the academic projects for each group and rate their progress against the strength of the individual groups.
    • Email Registration - You can send an email to the whole class with expectations and deadlines. Be sure to also ask certain questions, including how they are doing. You can do this weekly via email, just make sure every student is passionate. nine0016
    • Survey grades - Create a class survey and have students complete it by sharing their remote learning experience. Include a few questions to help you assess their socio-emotional status and how they are coping with learning. Don't hoard the survey. Make them as small and adequate as possible.
    • One-on-one video conferencing - you can schedule a video conference individually with students. Help them reflect on their lives and activities by asking them reflective questions. After that, you will be able to evaluate their work and status. nine0016
    • Phone registration - you can contact students through phone calls. The goal is to find out how they are doing. Ask them some questions that will help them uncover any issues they are facing.

    It's good to ask students what they prefer when registering. It would be nice if they were allowed to make a choice based on their feelings.

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    What questions help students see themselves as learners?

    Questions are student-oriented, not you as their teacher or class. This should help them learn more about themselves before they move on to the content and knowledge of the class. Self-awareness is the key to learning, the reason you have to help them understand themselves. Above all, the questions will encourage them to become independent and learn on their own. That is, although you focus on the personalities of students, this does not mean that you cannot ask personal questions regarding their education. nine0003

    These questions are good for the first days of school. In addition to knowing themselves, they set the tone for the entire class. Do not forget that self-knowledge is the ultimate goal of any education system.


    Strategies to Help You Ask Students Appropriate Test Questions

    No wonder these test questions are difficult. If they are not difficult, you may never reach your goals. Regardless of the circumstances, design them in such a way that students can easily answer them. You can also help them answer questions by giving them hints and suggestions. nine0003

    However, here are a few ways to make the quiz questions interesting for your students:

    • Divide them into groups - you can divide the students into four groups (or less/more, depending on size). Invite them to discuss each set of questions as a group. After that, write down their responses according to the strength of their group.
    • Choice - let them choose the questions they want to answer. They can skip the ones they don't want to answer. nine0016
    • Personalize your quiz questions - have questions designed so that students answer them wholeheartedly. Let the questions point to ideas that will help them understand themselves. If possible, let him bring out topics they may never have thought about.
    • Make sure the questions are more open-ended. If they are open, it will make students think and reason well. Even if they didn't get an answer right away, it should stir something up in them. nine0016
    • Ask students why they think the test questions are important. They may not have thought about the purpose, and when you ask them, it will help them think deeply before answering.
    • Make the best use of questions. You can turn questions into topics for discussion, debate, and other things that tire the brain. This is a way to develop their intellectual abilities, increase their self-esteem and help them become brave to solve problems.

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    30 test questions that every student should be able to answer
    • How are you feeling today?
    • What should everyone know about you?
    • What does success in class mean to you? How would you define it?
    • Did you experience any difficulties last week? How did you feel about it and what did you do to overcome it?
    • What did you like last week? How would you describe your experience? nine0016
    • If a classmate of yours missed class today and asked you to tell him about the lesson, what would you say?
    • Did you feel excluded or discriminated against in class today? What made you feel this way?
    • How do you like the nights these days?
    • What is the hardest thing about getting up and going to school?
    • Have you previously volunteered or taken part in any community service? What was the experience like?
    • Answer these questions individually - what is your favorite food, colour, game, TV show, movie, book or sport? nine0016
    • If you could be a teacher during the day, what subject would you like to teach and why did you choose it?
    • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why do you like this place? Would you like to enjoy this place?
    • How is dinner in your family?
    • Do you have pets in your family? If yes, what kind of pet and what do you like about it? If not, why don't you have pets in your family? Would you like one like this? What kind of animal would it be? nine0016
    • What is your least favorite subject and why? How would you like a teacher to help you learn better?
    • What area of ​​study do you think you are best at?
    • If you get a good grade on an exam, assignment, or classwork, how would you like to be recognized?
    • Would you rather be an older brother or sister or a younger one?
    • Would you rather live without books and films?
    • What do you like most about this class? What would you like to improve and what changes would you like to see? nine0016
    • When do you feel most safe or unsafe?
    • What is the relationship between learning and the most important thing in your life?
    • That your teacher misunderstands you and how do you feel when you are misunderstood?
    • If you want to change the world, where would you start? Why did you start with this?
    • What kind of person do you want to be in the next ten years? What would you like to do by then?
    • What do you understand by the word "wit"? Do you consider yourself a smart student? How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 and why? nine0016
    • When was the last time you solved a problem? What was it and how did you feel afterwards?
    • What is creativity? What is the most creative thing you have ever done? Did you get recognized for it? How are you feeling?
    • What expectations do you have for life? Do you think you will have them? What if you didn't have them, what will you do?


    In conclusion, asking students these questions from time to time is a fun way to strengthen them and help them fulfill their potential.

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