5 Ways Parents Can Help During College Finals

Cliché: Help out.    
POCS Reality:  Parents can help their student during finals week with care packages and kind words.


 Is your college student sleep-deprived, bleary-eyed but caffeine motivated to study beyond human endurance? Does he have 4 papers, 3 exams, 2 group projects, and 1 presentation due within the next 7 days? Then it is finals week and students are stressed to do their best, show what they know, and prove they got the most out of their college dollars.

 Here are 5 ways parents can help students achieve their goals:

  1. Send a care package Remind your student you care with a favorite healthy, easy to prepare/eat snack, family photo, CD, and silly tension-relieving toy (beach ball, squeeze ball, stuffed animal). Include a brief note of support or a joke that will bring a smile and perhaps a laugh or two. Pack your own care package or buy one ready-made from a school organization or private gift shop.
  2. Keep contacts short and sweet Whether it’s a phone call, email, or text, keep the message brief and upbeat creating a momentary respite so your student can get back to studying refreshed. Let your student know he can contact you anytime but you will limit your calls so he can finish his work.
  3. Read between the lines Listen to what your student says and notice what he doesn’t say. Sometimes students need a little more help such as from tutoring or counseling services.
  4. Hold your tongue Unless it is an emergency, discuss stressful topics and issues bound for disagreement until after finals. Let your students focus on studies rather than distractions, so he can be better positioned to do his best.
  5. Stay tuned Sign up for college alert emails and regularly review the college’s website. Your student may be so involved in her studies tucked in the library she is unaware of a flu outbreak, severity of a snow storm, or other emergency that lead to schedule changes for dorm/cafeteria/school closings.

 POCSmom’s College Prep DIY Insight: “I love you. I’m proud of you. I’m here for you. Do your best. I’ll see you soon.” Parents can be supportive guides, cheerleaders, and mentors and convey the above messages to their student during finals week.