Ask your students to write what they think their biggest challenge will be in starting college. This not only gives you a taste of their writing ability but also lets you know where their perceived weaknesses lie. If several students are concerned about the same thing, you will then know to focus extra attention on that topic. After the writing exercise, ask your students if any of them care to share what they’ve written. You can then use this to either help generate a class discussion or to summarize the session.