The first half of the question set (Question 1-17) is about your academic performance. The second part (Questions 18-29) is about your out-of-class performance. Answer these questions in as much detail as you can.
1. What is your favorite thing about school/college? Why? (Classes, teachers, friends, homework, activities, learning, etc.)
2. What is your least favorite thing about school/college? Why? (Classes, teachers, friends, homework, activities, learning, etc.)
3. Name the subjects in which you earned the highest scores. Why did you do so well on these subjects? What do these subjects have in common?
4. Name the subjects in which you earned the lowest scores. Why did you do poorly on these subjects? What do these subjects have in common?
5. Pick one score (high or low) you are most proud of and explain why.
6. Select two most important motivating factors about studies –
• Getting good scores
• Love of learning
• Competing with classmates
• In-depth discussions about academic topics
• Impressing teachers
• Making parents happy
• Exploring new ideas
• I don’t need motivation, studies are easy
7. What do your responses to question 7 say about you as a student?
8. What kind of student would your teachers describe you as?
9. In class, do you prefer to work as part of a group or alone? Why?
10. When you work in a group, what duties do you usually perform?
11. Describe in detail how you learn (How quick you learn, how much you study, what makes something stick in your mind etc.)
12. When you come across a difficult topic, what do you do to learn it?
13. Describe the environment in which you like to study (When, where, and how do you study).
14. What are your academic strengths? How did you discover them and how do you use them?
15. What are your academic weaknesses? Were you able to overcome them and how?
16. Describe your biggest academic achievement.
17. Describe your biggest academic failure.
18. Think about your typical day, beginning from when you finish classes to your weekend. What do you do in this time?
19. Name something you are passionate about. How do you pursue this passion?
20. Apart from studies, what do you do the best? Name some of your non-academic talents? How did you discover them? How do you use these talents?
21. Which groups or teams have you have been a part of outside of school/college? (Sports, activities, volunteering etc.)? What was your role in the team? Did you like or dislike being part of the team?
22. How would your best friends describe you? What do your friends rely on you for?
23. How would your family members describe you? What does your family rely on you for?
24. Think about when you are happy. What makes you happy? Describe one such recent experience.
25. Think about when you are unhappy. What makes you sad? What do you do when you have had a bad day?
26. What is one non-academic goal you have set for yourself? How did you reached this goal? If you have not reached this goal, how are you pursuing it?
27. What are your personal strengths? How did you discover them? How do you use them?
28. What are your personal weaknesses? How did you discover them? How have you addressed them?
29. What are the most important things in life, and why?
You will see that many of the questions ask “why”, “describe” or “tell.” The reason is to prod you to dig deeper.