Questions for Parents to Ask their Students During the First Semester


  • How is living on campus or commuting?
  • How are your instructors?
  • Which instructors do you like or dislike at this point?
  • Are you using a planner?
  • If you are working, how flexible is it?
  • What is the last day to drop a course without record?
  • What is the last day to drop a course with a “W” as a grade?


  • How did your mid-term exams go?
  • Do you know how to figure your GPA in college?  If not, ask your advisor.
  • What are your grades in each of your classes?
  • If you don’t know exactly what your grade is in each course, what would be your grade in the worst case scenario?
  • Have you talked to your instructors in their office hours or one-on-one?
  • How much are you saying “No”?
  • How are you adjusting with your roommate on campus?
  • Have you been checking your Tulane e-mail every day?
  • Are you making sure that you respond to any e-mail from instructors, advisors, etc.?
  • Are you keeping up with finances?
  • The Schedule of Classes for the Spring comes out this month, have you looked at the Schedule of Classes and made a tentative schedule?
  • When will you meet with your advisor if you have not done so already?


  • Are there any holds on your registration? (Check on Gibson)
  • What are your grades in each of your classes before you leave for Thanksgiving? There is just about two weeks of class left after you return from Thanksgiving break.


  • What classes have you registered to take next semester?
  • When is your last final exam during the Exam Period?
  • What all are you going to bring home that you don’t need to keep in your room?


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