Back-to-School Student Questionnaire

Get to Know Your Students on the First Day of School

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One of the challenges of starting a new school year is getting acquainted with your students. Some students are friendly and talkative from the beginning, while others seem more reserved. Providing students with a questionnaire about themselves and their lives can help you quickly learn about your students from the first class session. Teachers can pair student questionnaires with other icebreakers during the first week of school.

Sample Student Questionnaire Questions

Following are questions to include on a student questionnaire. Modify this list however you wish to best fit your own circumstances. Run these questions by a mentor or administrator if you need another opinion. Don't require students to answer all the questions, although you might want to give students an incentive to participate. Students can get to know you better also if you fill out a questionnaire of your own and distribute it to them.

Personal Details

  • What is your full name?
  • Do you like your name? Why or why not?
  • Do you have a nickname? If so, what is it?
  • When is your birthday?
  • Do you have any siblings? If so, how many?
  • Do you have any pets? If so, tell me about them.
  • Who is your favorite relative? Why?

Future Goals

  • What career do you see yourself in after school?
  • Do you want to go to college? Why or why not?
  • If you want to go to college, which one do you want to attend?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
  • Do you plan to stay in this area or move away?

Specific Information for This Class

  • What do you think about American history?
  • What concerns, if any, do you have about this class?
  • What do you hope to learn in this class?
  • What grade are you striving to earn in this class?

    This Year in School

    • List your class schedule.
    • Which class are you most looking forward to this year?
    • Which class are you least looking forward to this year?
    • Which school clubs are you planning to participate in this year?
    • Are you planning on playing any sports this year?
    • Are there any other school-related extracurricular activities you plan on joining, such as the school play, chorus or band?
    • Do you think that you learn better by seeing something, hearing something or doing something?
    • Do you consider yourself well organized?
    • Where do you typically do your homework or studying for school?
    • Do you like to listen to music while you do schoolwork?

    Your Free Time

    • Who are your friends in this class?
    • What do you do in your free time?
    • Do you have a job? If so, what do you do?
    • What extracurricular activities outside of school do you participate in, if any?
    • What are your hobbies?
    • What's your favorite type of music?
    • What's your favorite TV show?
    • What's your favorite type of movie? For example, you might choose thrillers, romantic comedies or horror movies. Why do you like that genre?

    More About You

    • What's your favorite color?
    • If you could invite three famous people to dinner, who would they be and why?
    • If you were stranded on a deserted island with a ready supply of food and water but little else, what three things would you miss most? Why?
    • What do you think is the most important quality that a teacher can have?
    • Five adjectives that describe me are:
    • If you were given a first-class ticket to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
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    Your Citation
    Kelly, Melissa. "Back-to-School Student Questionnaire." ThoughtCo, Oct. 4, 2017, Kelly, Melissa. (2017, October 4). Back-to-School Student Questionnaire. Retrieved from Kelly, Melissa. "Back-to-School Student Questionnaire." ThoughtCo. (accessed May 22, 2018).