With final exams coming up, your student may be anxious or stressed, especially if they are unsure of their test preparation skills. Below you will find some key tips for success when it comes to exams. Share these with your student and see if they need help. Remember, a care package is always a nice way to provide encouragement and motivation to a stressed out student! Visit FromMom.com to order a care package today!
- DETAILS. Encourage your student to find out what their entire final exam schedule looks like so they can begin formulating a study plan earlier rather than later. Encourage them to find out more about their exams-will it be multiple choice or an essay? Comprehensive or from the midterm on? How much will their final exam count towards their final grade?
- ORGANIZE. Have your student prepare a written schedule for themself indicating when they will study for each test. Remind them to leave some time in their schedule for other things like exercise and relaxation so they will avoid stress and burn out. Additionally, if they work well in groups, encourage them to seek study partners or group review sessions and schedule those out in advance.
- RESOURCES. If the professor offers a study guide, encourage them to use it. If the professor offers a review session for the exam, encourage them to go to it. These can prove to be really helpful, especially since the topics covered are probably key indicators of what will be on the tests.
- HELP. If your student is still struggling in a specific subject area or concept, encourage them to reach out for help. The Enhanced Learning Center and the Quality Writing Center are great tools to help your student be prepared for their upcoming tests and projects.
- REST. Remind them to get some sleep. Pulling an all-nighter can be stressful, unhealthy and unproductive. If they have to study late into the night, remind them to at the very least take a nap and revisit their study materials the following morning.
- LOCATION. A lot of times, studying at home for students can be difficult, especially if they have a roommate or lose focus easily. Encourage your student to try out different places to study and to find the one that works best for them. Whether it's a coffee shop or Mullins Library, finding a good location can be key in studying successfully.
- EAT/EXERCISE/RELAX. Remind your student to take care of themselves during final exam week. They should eat, get some exercise, take a break and relax every once and a while so they can stay focused and limit stress.
- TIME. Encourage your student to keep a close eye on the time both while studying and when they are taking their actual exams. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites can be a big distraction that can turn a 10 minute break into an hour (or more!) of procrastination. Encourage your student to focus by temporarily deactivating these sites or banning the Internet while studying.