With that in mind, we suggest beginning the relationship with your student by building the most accurate picture possible of who they are and what they want.
So, ask yourself: what do you know about this student, other than logistical basics? In your initial conversations, you’ll have determined what state they currently reside in, and whether they’d be willing to relocate. You’ll probably also know what discipline they’re interested in studying, what course level is most appropriate for them, and what their budget is.
But there’s more to it than that. Best practice in education guidance is to understand your student’s practical limitations (geography and budget, for example), as well as their emotional needs. Try asking them:
If your student finds it difficult to answer these questions, you can give them clear options from which to answer. Try asking questions like: