Eight Ways Parents Can Support High School Students During Finals
Our recommendations for eight helpful ways you can support your student in preparing for final exams, papers, and projects.
- Know the Schedule—Make sure your student knows the schedule and where to find it. Suggest that they add dates to their digital calendars or paper planners. (Need a calendar? Download and use this Finals Study Planner from SOS4Students.)
- Use Extended Time—If they qualify, students should confirm with all teachers where extended time will be needed.
Assist with Organization—Offer to help your student sort essential hardcopies of notes, study guides, or worksheets.
- Offer Support—Instead of insisting on helping or making a study plan, ask students “What can I do to help?” and encourage them with “You’ve got this!”
- Suggest Tutoring—Remind students to get tutoring help or their questions answered at school. Encourage them to identify courses/content areas where they need extra support.
- Address Late Work—Encourage early communication with teachers about late or missing assignments. This needs to be handled by the student. Suggest students make a list of tests to retake and assignments that can be turned in for credit.
- Recommend an Exam Prep Schedule—Remind your student to create a prep schedule that breaks up studying into easier-to-manage “chunks” for all final exams, classes, and tasks. (Need a calendar? Download and use this Finals Study Planner from SOS4Students.)
- Suggest Breaks—Recommend your student takes breaks, gets outdoors, and moves! Ask for a list of favorite foods/drinks and offer to pick these up.
SOS4Students Can Help
This year we are offering students 50-minute Finals Drop-In Support Sessions in the run up to the hectic days before semester ends. Sessions will take place on December 9 and 10, and 16 and 17 in-person (or online for those who live outside the area). Sign your student up now as spaces are limited.