Ask Deanie: Finals Are Approaching – How Can I Help My Student?

ask-deanie-sm.jpg Finals, which are scheduled for December 11 to December 17, 2009, can be a stress-filled time for students. Below are some helpful reminders:


• Encourage your student to attend “Preparing for Finals,” on Tuesday, December 1, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center. In addition, Memorial Health Center is offering “Managing Test Anxiety,” a brown-bag presentation, on Thursday, December 3, from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Room 205 (email amoates@smu.edu for more information).
• Encourage your student to get as much sleep as possible.
• Don’t miss any review sessions – they can be invaluable.
• All-nighters are rarely productive.
• Start reading now – and keep reading. It is not too late!
• Partying the weekend before finals may sound like fun and a great last “hurrah” before hitting the books, but the time could be better spent at the library!
• Encourage your son or daughter to eat fewer sweets and more fruit, vegetables and protein. Watch the caffeine – it can sometimes negatively affect concentration.
• Send a card with a note of encouragement.
• Be sure they have money to make any necessary copies or to buy pens, pencils and bluebooks if needed.
• Send a care package with soup, power bars, trail mix and other healthy snacks.
• Remind your student to exercise; it’s a great stress reliever – the Dedman Center is fabulous!
• If they are unsure about a final, it is not too late to go talk to their professor.
• Stay away from distractions. Make a written study schedule for each class and stick with it.
• Find a new, quieter place to study. Try the LEC – it has study rooms.
• Wear comfortable clothes for study and test taking. Always carry a sweatshirt in case the room is cold.
• Don’t walk alone at night when returning from the library – call the Giddy-Up carts for a ride. The number is 214-768-1111.
• If driving home after finals, encourage your student to get a good night’s sleep before starting home.

Question for Deanie? Ask Deanie at gkepler@smu.edu or 214-768-4797.

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