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Your Student's Interests & Abilities: A Worksheet You Can Use Together

For a student, determining his interests and abilities is an important step when it comes to choosing a major. After all, most students want to pursue a major that both challenges and satisfies them. By answering the questions to the right, your student will have a more complete sense of just what type of major could fit him best. Ask him one day during some quiet time ... you might just be surprised at what you find out!

This is a tough time for many students heading to college. The economic uncertainties make it that much more difficult to select a major, out of fear that the one selected might not be the right choice. As your student wrestles with these decisions, remind him that the best major may just be the one that makes him the happiest, despite the worries about what the future holds.


  • What activities are you drawn to?
  • If you had free time in the next 48 hours, what would you do with it?
  • What topics do you like to learn about?
  • What academic subject matter do you have a passion for?
  • What causes speak to you? Why?
  • What do you answer when people ask you what you're interested in?


  • What were your best subjects in high school and/or your previous higher ed institution?
  • What are currently your best academic subjects?
  • What talents have you used in your past jobs?
  • What skills do you bring to your extracurricular activities?
  • What abilities help you do a good job during community service projects?
  • What talents and abilities would you like to develop?

Tuning In… Ask your student:

  • What academic topics challenge you?
  • What types of class projects do you look forward to?
  • What kinds of ideas inspire you?
  • What tasks speak to your interests and abilities?
  • What kind of work would you be proud to do?

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