Check in with Your Student

As you know, people can differ in their approaches to communication and disclosure. Some students are a wealth of information, happy to share their feelings and the comings and goings of their days. Others are more hesitant and may require additional probing to gain insight into how they are doing. “How was your day?” may result in a ten-minute accounting of the day’s activities, or it may elicit a conversation-stopping “fine.”

Open-ended questions tend to lend themselves better to lengthier conversations, and with that in mind, the questions on the Conversation Calendar menu may be appropriate to ask at various times through the coming year. The answers to these questions will help you gauge how your student is doing and whether they might benefit from campus resources.