With finals closely approaching, many students tend to procrastinate and cram last minute for final exams. On Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 4 to 5 p.m., a workshop to help students prepare for their upcoming exams will be held in 230 Osband Hall. Regular classes will end Friday, April 27 and finals will start Monday, April 30. This seminar will teach students to prioritize their study materials and plan for their exams so they can succeed in their classes. This workshop will elaborate on study tips, using notes as a resource and time management development. Here are some tips for parents to help their students be successful during finals week:
Tips are courtesy of The University of Alabama Center for Academic Success
- Become familiar the classes your student is taking and their daily schedule. Ask questions about specific courses.
- Ask if your student is going to classes regularly. Beginning freshmen miss more classes than any other group of students. Especially inquire about 8 a.m. classes.
- Ask if they are getting enough sleep. When do they normally go to bed? When do they normally get up in the morning? Sleep deprivation is a big problem with students.
- Ask how they are spending their free time. To be successful, students must learn to balance their social and academic lives.
- Have they developed a daily schedule that includes regular study times? To do well, students should be spending a minimum of 20 hours per week in out-of-class studying.
- Encourage students to use the daily planner they received at freshman orientation. Have they written down test dates and assignment dates?
- You may want to look at the syllabi from your student's classes and familiarize themselves with the expectations. Many beginning students need help in developing planning and organizational skills.
- Encourage your student to speak to their instructors especially if they are having difficulty in a course. UA instructors are more than willing to help motivated students.
- Encourage your student to begin studying well in advance for tests. Last minute cramming is not an effective study strategy.