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And… they’re off!

It’s finals time!

This week I overheard two telling comments from students.

  1. Overhead in a Freshman Focus class: “I’m exhausted: I just pulled an all-nighter.”
  2. Overhead in University Dining Hall (UDH): “I’m not even hungry. I just came here to see people.”

I think these students’ comments get to the heart of what most are experiencing right about now. Although it’s the start of finals, students have already been busy and studying hard(er) for the past few weeks. In fact, although today is supposed to be “study day,” I hardly saw any students in the library or Horrigan. They’re just now beginning to trickle in as we move into evening. I’m guessing most took the morning/afternoon to get caught up on rest. And that’s not a bad thing. Students should take care of their bodies (food +sleep) while trying to encourage their brain to quickly absorb tons of information and complex concepts.

My point is that although finals week is just beginning, most students have been working hard all semester. They just need to get through a few more tests. Does that mean that it’s too late for advice or a turn-around? Nope.

It’s not too late to make a study plan (or use the planner that’s in the bottom of the desk drawer). Suggest that your student plan out each hour until his/her last final.

It’s not too late to use ARC tutoring. We have a special schedule for final reviews, posted on our website: http://www.bellarmine.edu/arc/tutoring.aspx

Finally, as parents and family, you can do your best to be understanding—your students might not call/text as much. Try sending a supportive email or text without expecting a response. If your student does call panicking, give him/her the benefit of the doubt that it is the stress talking.

Also, you might (gently) remind your student that rest is a good thing during finals week. They have to give their brains a break!

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About Cassie

I'm the Director of the Writing Center and Director of Parent Communications at Bellarmine University.

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