Finishing the School Year with a Bang! Final Exam Support
Is your high school student feeling overwhelmed with the prospect of final exams and projects? Classic signs include irritability, anxiety, impatience, procrastination, social media use as a bigger distraction than normal, and (perhaps most significantly) lack of a clear plan of action to complete deliverables.
You can help support your teen through finals. Here are some best parenting practices we’ve found that “lighten the load”:
- If distraction is an issue, encourage the use of an alternative study setting. Using the local library or Starbucks or staying after school on campus can help.
- Offer to host a study group for teens, providing pizza or nourishing snacks to keep participants fueled and focused.
- Take on a chore or two around the house that’s normally the student’s responsibility. Better yet, have a younger sibling take over temporarily.
- Go for a walk or bike ride with your teen for an outdoor stress reliever and brain break. If they’d prefer to go alone or with a friend, that’s OK. The key is to encourage taking a break.
- Offer to play planning assistant if your student is open to your help. Many overloaded students work well will a planning partner to help them think out loud about a task or project that needs completion. In this role, the student remains in charge of creating the plan; you’re mainly there to brainstorm what needs to get done and help document action steps.For example, ask, “What actions do you want to take on a particular day for each class?” Then, instead of simply writing “Do my English paper,” have the student define the specific action steps needed to complete the paper. Next, add these steps to the calendar and help generate a to-do list to get started.
- Encourage a step-by-step approach so your student doesn’t feel so overwhelmed by a larger project or task. Taken in bite sizes, this way even large tasks can be made to feel less overwhelming. Ask, “What is the first step you can take to get this moving?” Then tell your student to ask for suggestions if desired so they don’t feel imposed upon and can practice solving the problem on their own.
Free Study Calendar Resource
To help your student create a study plan, download and print SOS4Students’ free, 8-day Study Calendar. Page 1 is a “Finals Study Plan” and Page 2 is “Weekly Study Calendar” template.
Executive Function Workshops
Do you have a student making the big shift from middle school or high school?
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With 30-days’ notice. SOS4Students can create a private workshop for small groups of students who are friends/classmates (minimum group size is four). This is ideal if your students can’t attend one of our scheduled workshops on the dates scheduled. Private summer workshops are help Monday through Friday. Contact us for more information and pricing.
Work With an SOS4Students Coach This Summer
Book now for summer coaching with SOS4Students. We can help with time management, tracking work and planning, and ways to jumpstart reading, note taking, test prep, and writing papers.