The first day of school or college can be very difficult not just for the students but for the teachers as well. It is a time when students are feeling a little nervous and anxious about what might be instore for them in the years to come. It is the fear of the unknown. Whether it is the students, the teachers or the parents all the stakeholders of this relationship are new. Similarly, the atmosphere and environment around them are also unknown. Therefore there are mixed feelings of suspense, anxiety, and nervousness along with zeal, motivation, and excitement.

School is not just a place where we learn about various subjects and topics but it is an institution for teaching us about behaviors and experiences as well. They play a very important role in shaping our present and the future. What students learn in school will remain in their personalities for a very longtime and it will also help in giving a direction to their future upbringing.

It is therefore very important for the teachers to understand the current potential of a student so that they can work towards the achievement of their goals in a positive and effective manner. to get a basic insight into what type a personality or perception a student is carrying, it is vital to ask certain questions on the very first day of school. The teacher needs to give a specified amount of time to each student and let him answer the questions asked by the teacher in an orderly manner. This exercise need not be taken as a test or final assessment of the student’s personality but as an introduction about what the person is all about. Keep it light-hearted and informal for the students to communicate with an open mind.

Instead of asking questions randomly, teachers should chalk down some important pointers that should ask students which are relevant to gauge their mental capabilities and emotional state of minds.

Below is a list of 8 similar questions that should be asked from a student on the first day of school:

  1. What type of teacher are you looking for?

We always think about the first day for the students but it is equally important for the teacher. It is essential that the teacher understand what qualities the students want in them and whether or not there is a need for improvement or correction.

  1. What is your favorite passion?

This is a general question but it can tell a lot about the student. It helps gauge his interests and how they can be helpful in his personality development.

  1. Who are your heroes?

The kind of people a student idealizes and looks up to is very important for his future growth and development in life. It highlights the direction of this personality.

  1. What are your three strengths?

Letting the students identify their strengths help you get a starting point for teaching them. Teachers can analyze over time whether these strengths are acting effectively towards the success of the student or not.

  1. What are your three weaknesses?

Although it can be taken as a negative act to highlight weaknesses, it helps the students do an in-depth self-assessment of their own selves. It can also give the teachers a goal to convert these weaknesses to positive traits for the future success of the student and help him or her overcome this weakness.

  1. What are the goals you want to achieve at the end of the year?

Assessing the expectation of the student or why he or she has joined the school is a good way to set your own goals. It will also help make any clarifications about future if the students have any misconceptions.

  1. What are your proudest moments in life?

This question helps a teacher assess the parameters of success and happiness for the student. It also helps to gauge the motivation level he or she needs to move further ahead. It is valuable to set future goals and objectives and understand what might be important for the student.


  1. What is your driving force?

Motivating and encouraging the students to perform in their academic as well as extra-curricular activities is very important for future success. But to motivate them effectively a teacher needs to understand their driving forces and motivational agents.

These were only a few questions that you might a student on the first day of school. Depending on the level of studies and subjects, the teachers can add more similar questions for a more in-depth understanding of their pupil.