Parents Series: The Final Countdown



Finals have begun at Trevecca, and the signs are everywhere. From student study groups at the coffee shop to a late night game of hide-and-seek in the library, students are gearing up for the end of the fall semester.

For first-time freshman parents, your student’s first round of finals can be a little stress inducing. Here are some tips to help you help your student.

1. Remember your student isn’t you.

Maybe the very thought of finals fills you with anxiety and dread. Or perhaps you thrive on challenge and remember the rush of finals week fondly. Whatever your approach, it’s important to remember that your child’s experience may be the opposite. The tips and tricks that helped you may only stress your student out more. So strive to listen and offer encouragement rather than a lecture on surviving stress, not procrastinating or rising to the occasion.

2. Know his or her exam schedule.

Ask your student now about days and times when he or she will be taking final exams. Knowing your student’s schedule can help you know when to call or text, but also know when you can be praying for him or her. You’ll also know when a little well-placed encouragement about that tough class that’s almost over will be most appreciated.

3. Send a surprise.

Finals week is busy, and for many students, incredibly stressful. A care package from home, a small gift or even a funny text or email can go a long way.

4. Let your student struggle.

Juggling multiple final exams alongside work and other tasks can be a bit overwhelming for both you and your student, but resist the urge to step in and fix things. It’s hard to watch your child walk through something difficult, but it’s also time to stand back and let your student take the reigns of his or her life. You can encourage, listen and offer advice, but ultimately, it’s up to your child to do what needs to be done to make sure the semester is a success.

5. Encourage your child to take advantage of provided resources.

During finals, the library stays open later and visiting therapy dogs provide a brief bit of distraction from papers, study guides and late-night study sessions. Counselors, tutors, professors and more are available to your student throughout the semester as well as during finals. Encourage your student to seek out the help he or she needs to end the semester on a high note.

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