Published: April 9, 2020

Students studying at CU Boulder

Finals can be stressful for your student, no matter where they are at in their academic journey. Here are some ways in which you can support your student as they finish their semester.

Let them vent

Studying for tests, writing papers and completing projects at the end of the semester can be a daunting task. Sometimes your student just needs someone to listen to them as they vent about their worries and frustrations. Respond with empathy and encourage them to stay optimistic. Remind them a break is just around the corner, and once they get through the next few weeks they can relax.

Prioritize and plan a strategy

Your student may be feeling overwhelmed, and you can offer to help them come up with a strategy to tackle their finals. Projects and studying can be made more manageable by breaking them down into smaller tasks. It can also help to block off study periods for each class on their calendar, and prioritize projects and exams based on deadlines.

Take a break

Some students want to sit down and get everything done at once or pull an all-nighter, but that can be more harmful than helpful in the end since sleep is so vital for memory. Encourage them to take short breaks during study sessions (5-minute break for every 25 minutes of studying) to give their brain a rest. They can stretch, watch a funny video or listen to some favorite songs. Staying hydrated and eating regular, balanced meals and snacks are also important for maintaining energy and focus.

Find help

There’s still time for your student to ask for help if they are struggling with an assignment or subject. Encourage your student to reach out to their instructors or classmates with any questions. They can also take advantage of these free virtual academic resources:

  • ASAP Tutoring is available for first-year students and Bear Creek students. Sessions are now held via Zoom through their app Penji
  • Economics offers a free "drop-in" tutoring lab online via Zoom.
  • The MARC (Mathematics Academic Resource Center) is offering tutoring via Zoom.
  • The Physics Help Room is shifting to remote sessions via Zoom. Your student can access the full schedule and corresponding Zoom links on their Resources and Help page under Physics Help Room.
  • CU Boulder Libraries will be available via chat, email and phone. Librarians will also be available to meet with students, staff and faculty through Zoom.
  • The Writing Center will be offering all sessions online. See instructions for signing up.

Additionally, New Student & Family Programs is here to support you and your student and can help connect you to the right resources on campus.