Tests usually stress most people out, and midterm exams are no exception. You may have been through it yourself and know how stressful it can be. If you haven’t, you can probably imagine how difficult midterm exam time is.
Either way, as a parent, there are things you can do to help your son or daughter make it through. Today’s tips come from College Parent Central.
- Realize he/she may be preoccupied
This may not be the best time to chat at length about issues or problems at home since he/she will be preoccupied with what he/she has to do.
- Just listen
Your son or daughter may want to vent about the workload and may just need you to list. Just listen.
- There may be no talking at all
Or, she or he may not want to talk about it at all. He or she may just want to get it done and over with.
- Offer some advice
Remind your college student that this is just part of the college rhythm, and things will get better.
- Remind him/her to stay healthy
Encourage your son or daughter to stay healthy in what is typically the start of cold and flu season. Also, remind him/her to get help if he/she needs it.
- Provide perspective
Help your college student maintain perspective. If he/she doesn’t do well on the midterm, there is still another half of the class left to make changes to do better.
- Don’t micromanage
Sure you have lots of good suggestions, but let your son or daughter decide what will work best. He/she needs to learn this on his/her own.
- Encourage realistic expectations
If your son or daughter is a first-year year, he or she may not do as well on a midterm since it will be very different than a midterm in high school. Remind him/her that this is a learning experience.
- Stay calm
Your college student may start feeling overwhelmed. Encourage him to stay calm. Panicking will not help.
- Send some love
This may be the perfect time to send a care package. Our former intern Alicia provided some suggestions awhile back on what kinds of packages college students may want most.
If you have any suggestions please let us know.