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Top 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Student

These questions were developed to assist parents to continue an open dialog with their student throughout their transition at college. We also encourage you to discuss appropriate decision making both on and off campus with the student in your family, as she/he will soon encounter people and establishments which may not have her/his academic success and physical health in mind.


1. Are you going to class?

Skipping class is the #1 reason why students fail.

2. Are you studying enough?

College is a full time job. You should be in class, studying, and doing homework.

3. Do you have the necessary materials and supplies for all of your classes?

You should acquire the necessary class materials and supplies in order to be prepared for projects.

4. Are you scheduling your free time?

Everyone needs down time but you need to learn to manage your free time.

5. Do you know when the last day to withdraw is?

After this date you cannot withdraw from a class without a fee.

6. Are you starting your assignments early?

The unexpected happens: you get sick, your computer dies. Start assignments with plenty of time for the unexpected.

7. Do you know who your advisor is and when to call him/her?

Students need to meet with an advisor (usually in October) to plan for next semester.

8. Do you know you can visit your professor during office hours?

Professors like to help students. Visit your professor during office hours.

9. Have you thought about going to tutoring?

You can check with your professors and departments for information on tutoring.

10. Are you a part of a study group?

Studying complex material is more efficient with a study group.


1. Are you eating well and getting enough sleep?

Many students develop unhealthy sleeping and eating habits. This can have an effect on your academic and personal life.

2. Do you know who your RA is and when to contact him/her?

The RA is available to help you with academic as well as personal concerns.

3. Do you know your campus resources?

Students receive campus resource information during orientation and they can be directed to our website at . The magnet you received from the Residential Life Department has helpful information including phone and room numbers. Keep it within reach.

4. Do you know who your RC is and that they have regularly scheduled office hours?

The RC is available to help with conflict mediation, roommate, other personal concerns.

5. Have you attended any campus or residence hall activities?

Hall bulletin boards list many of the college programs and extracurricular activities.

6. Are you learning to compromise and negotiate with your roommates?

Learning to compromise and negotiate so that students can live and work together can be one of the most important opportunities that a college provides.

7. Have you made sure to budget enough money for the week?

You will be able to manage your finances better if you create a working budget.

8. Do you know when the residence halls close and are you familiar with other important dates at FIT?

Please view the college website and hall bulletin boards for closing and other important information.

9. Are you locking your door and keeping personal belongings secure?

You should always be vigilant and aware of your surroundings while on campus and in the city. The best way to protect your belongings is to keep your door locked.

10. Have you gotten involved in Residence Hall activities or any groups?

You can become involved with Resident Hall Community Council and other residence hall activities or groups to learn about your community and meet new people.