If your students appear to be anxious and stressed, here are a few suggestions on
how you might best support them.
Let them vent. Sometimes just griping to mom and dad about how hard the work is and how overloaded
they are makes them feel better.
Listen, but don't solve. It can be hard to not offer suggestions, tell your student what to do, or say what
you would do if you were the student. This is, however, a time for the student to
figure out the answers and process all the emotions. You might ask, "What do you need
from me right now? Do you need me to just listen? Do you want me to help solve the
problem?" This way you will know what your student wants from you, and you will not
be adding to their stress by offering suggestions when all your child wants is to
Help boost their confidence. It can be difficult to remember that we are capable people when we feel overwhelmed
and stressed out. Your students could use a boost right now: tell them you love them,
you are proud of them, you know they will do their best and you are happy with their
best effort. Sometimes a "you can do it!" from the person you love gives you the confidence
you need to go forth and conquer. Care packages, cards and texts are all great ways
to help their spirits.
Remind your student about all the resources available on campus. We have resources in our two very helpful student advisers: Ms. Sheila Howard, the Associate Director of Business Programs, who works with our undergraduate business
majors, and Mrs. Sharon Oster, the Academic Success Adviser, who works with the rest of our undergraduate students.
They are available to work with your children and are well-equipped to work with students
who are facing academic challenges. Your student still has time to take advantage
of these tutoring services.
Mention good practices. While they probably do not want a parental lecture, a casual reminder about important
things like sleep, good nutrition and a little bit of exercise could be helpful.
Remind your student that "this too shall pass." Help your students have some perspective that exam week is but one week in their
lives, and that the rest of their lives are not riding on the results. Help your student
keep a good perspective all they can do is their best, and then let it rest.
Tell your students you love them. This is always a good thing to hear!