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Questions to ask Advisees

Get-Acquainted Questions (Particularly for first-semester students)

  1. What made you decide to come to UW-Eau Claire? Are you satisfied with that decision? What do you hope to get out of college?
  2. What are your goals for the first semester? That is, at the end of the first semester, what accomplishments will make you feel satisfied?
  3. Are there areas of college life (either academic or non-academic) about which you have concerns?
  4. How has college been different than you expected it to be?
  5. What are you spending more time on than you thought you would?
  6. Have you developed a time-management plan that is working for you? Do you have a good place to study?

Exploring Strengths and Weaknesses
  1. In what subjects do you feel the best prepared?
  2. In what subjects do you feel the least prepared?
  3. Compared to other students, what would you say are your academic and personal strengths?
  4. What skills and abilities do you want to improve upon while you are in college?
  5. What subjects would you prefer to avoid? Why?
  6. What type of assignments are you best at? (Reading, writing, numerical problems, speeches)
  7. What type of tests do you do best on? (Multiple choice, short essay, essays, lab tests)
  8. Do you have areas of weakness that you believe will make it difficult for you to reach your goals? Would you like to receive help in these areas?

Exploring a Student's Interests

  1. If there were no requirements, what courses would you take?
  2. What major are you currently considering?
  3. If the student has a declared major,
    1. On a scale of one to ten, how certain are you that you will graduate with the major you have chosen?
    2. What appeals to you about this major?
    3. What additional information would you like about this major?
    4. Do you have a career goal? Do you need help establishing a career goal? Do you need more information about the career you are considering?
  4. In what type of work environment do you picture yourself when you graduate? What types of work activities would give you satisfaction in your spare time?
  5. What extra-curricular activities are you involved in or would you like to be involved in?
  6. What work experiences have you had? What did you like about them? What didn't you like about them?