Bloodshot eyes stare blankly at the open Word document waiting patiently for the paper to magically write itself. The curser blinks once, then twice and then a third time, but nothing appears. A soft sigh leaves parted lips as the chair leans backwards making a soft creaking sound in protest. The frustration begins to build and then panic when you realize that your time to finish this project is slowly slipping away. A numbing feeling takes over your brain and the sudden urge to cry overtakes you. What has caused this tremendous amount of stress and anxiety? Only one thing could cripple even the most academic of students…Finals Week.
Yes, it is that time of year again for many college students around the United States including myself. Technically, it’s not quite finals week, but it sure does feel like it consider my professors have decided to take the last week as a bit of a celebration of the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Final projects, papers and tests are all being held this week and I, along with most other students, are feeling the pressure to get everything completed.
If you’re a parent, you’ve probably found your student tenser than usual, ready to pounce at you for making a small mistake or on the verge of breaking down from all of the stress. You wonder what there is that you can do to help your student, but you draw a blank, much like they probably are as they stare at their open Word document. But fear not! I have some tips that will give you a hand with helping your student with finals week.
For the Parents:
Finals week is the most intense, most stressful week of any students’ academic year. So here are a couple of things that you can do to help your student get through their week (or two weeks like me):
If your student is currently living at home and you have them doing a lot of chores, let them cut back on them. No, you don’t have to tell them not to do any chores, but limit it to one or two instead of three or four. This will give your student a bit of extra time to work on other things and to them right now, time is precious.
During this time, it’s important for you to stay positive. Tell your student that it won’t last much longer and that they will do fine when it comes to their final tests and projects. Keep a smile on your face and be encouraging.
Don’t Call Too Much:
If your student is away at college, I’m sure you call them quite a bit to check in to see how they’re doing. During their finals week, cut back on the amount of time you call. Calling a student is a distraction despite how short the conversation is. Remember, your student’s time is precious and they need it for studying and finishing last minute projects. Not to mention that depending on what you’re calling for, it may increase the amount of stress your student is undergoing. If it’s not important, wait until finals are over.
Advance Travel Plans:
Many students go off to school and if this is your case, make sure to make travel arrangements in advance. The last thing your student wants to think about during finals week is how they are going to get home. Okay, maybe that’s not completely true; however, if they are spending their time stressing about how they will be getting home, they aren’t focusing on studying for their test. It is better to make travel plans prior to finals week so it’s one less thing your student has to think or stress over.
For the Students:
Hello fellow students! How are you hanging in there? Okay I hope! If you’re reading this blog I can only assume that you’re doing okay at least for the time being. The stress hasn’t kicked in for you yet, this is good! If you have a minute, I have some tips to help get you through finals week:
“But Felicia, you procrastinate all the time.” Yes, but do as I say not what I do! Don’t wait until last minute to study or work on final projects. I promise you that it will help to take a lot of stress off of your shoulders.
You know how they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day? It’s actually true. Breakfast will give you the energy that you need to get through your final classes and push through those classes. Having a healthy breakfast will help your mind to keep moving.
Find Time to Relax:
You’re asking yourself what this thing “relax” is at this point. If you are, it’s time for you to get in touch with this concept again. Being constantly stressed out is not good for you! Find time to relax and do something for yourself. It will keep you refreshed and remind you that once finals week is over that you can have more time to do this wonderful thing that is relaxing.
It’s important to keep yourself hydrated. The last thing you want to happen at this point in time is to end up in the emergency room. Make sure to drink plenty of water. Drinking water will help to keep you awake while you’re trying to get through these papers and projects.
Avoid Energy Drinks:
Kind of an odd thing that I’m suggesting isn’t it? Energy drinks help you keep energized after all, right? Well, unfortunately, energy drinks aren’t that good for you. If you are really looking to get a burst of energy to push through the last paragraph or page of your paper, then go for a walk or eat something healthy. There are a number of fruits and vegetables that can give you energy such as: bananas, organic dark chocolate, carrots, and blueberries. You can use Google (since you’re probably already on it doing research) to look up some other healthy energy-filled fruits and vegetables.
Whether you’re a parent or a student during finals week there is one important thing that you have to keep in mind. It will all be over soon! Finals only last a week, two tops, but you can get through it no matter how hard it may seem at the time. Stay positive and remind yourself summer will soon be here.
Until Next Time!
Are you a student currently going through finals week? What tips do you have for others to survive this horrific week?
Are you the parent of a student who’s in the process of getting through finals? How have you helped them?Photo Credits: By KF [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons (featured image) By MarekV (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons (air plan photo)
Posted on May 6, 2013 by Felicia