Helping With An End-Of-Semester Push
How do the final weeks of classes and study habits impact student success? Mid-term progress hits hard for some students, with a wake-up call to step up for the final quarter push. Encouraging your student to take charge of their future by reflecting on what is and what could be is a great place to start! Check out the student action steps below as a starting place for moving forward.
- Don’t Shut Down
Has procrastination finally caught up to your student? When this happens, the experience can be overwhelming for students who have played hooky throughout the semester, including not doing homework, skimming assigned readings (or not reading at all), and skipping class. Replaying the past over and over to the point of mental breakdown is not healthy and can be self-destructive. Instead, encourage your student to take a small time-out to relax and rewind before they can reinvent and reinvigorate their inner determination to get back on track.
- Organize Your Life
Encourage your student to minimize or stop current interruptions that may be causing them to want to shut down. Minimize or eliminate distractions such as going to parties, going out to clubs and bars, utilizing social media and social networks, video/computer gaming, and other forms of entertainment. Doing so should provide your student with more time available for academic use.
- Know Where You Stand
It is important for your student to know what their current grades are in all of their classes. College is a great time for students to start taking full accountability for their actions, including their academic actions. However, sometimes life happens and sometimes they make mistakes.If their grades do begin to slip, they have the opportunity to immediately seek help through a variety of campus resources.
- Create A Working Plan
Suggest to your student to make a list of everything that they need to accomplish between now and the end of the semester. Suggest to them to check the due dates for every task and organize their list from the soonest to the latest. Separate the tasks into smaller, manageable things that they can do over a period of time. Make sure that they mark their personal calendar (whether electronic or paper planner) with the various tasks they need to complete, making sure they leave enough time for the drafts of their papers to be reviewed before submitting a final product.
- Seek Out Campus Resources
Highly encourage your student to see their Academic Advisor! Their advisor is a central, “one stop” place for information regarding academic concerns. Their advisor has information regarding tutoring, the Writing Center, and academic coaching. In addition, he or she knows important academic deadlines and can provide your student with answers to their questions and concerns about college. Your student can find their Academic Advisors’ contact information their PAWS account.
If you would like more online resources, check out the following articles about surviving the end of the semester.
Article contributed by First-Year Advisor Gary C. Cooper-Sperber