Hear it from the horse's mouth! Get to know your students by asking them a mixture of academic and personal questions at the start of the school year. This survey is a nice beginning of the year homework assignment that will get your students thinking about their academic habits, perceptions of themselves, and goal setting. These surveys also serve as a nice reflection piece for students to look back on at the end of the school year.
This survey is geared toward ELA classes but is easily adapted for any subject of your choice.