How to Prepare for Remote Finals Week
Published on 09 November 2020
As the semester comes to a close, students at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis are preparing to complete their finals remotely.
The last day students are required to be on campus will be Tuesday, Nov. 24. Campus will remain open until winter break, but students may choose to remain at home after Thanksgiving break in order to reduce travel back to campus, during which they could be exposed to COVID-19.
By eliminating the need for students to return after Thanksgiving, the University is hoping to prevent members of the campus community from potentially being exposed elsewhere, and then returning to campus to possibly expose others.
To help support students while they are learning at home, the Office of Student Affairs shares ways families can assist students as they complete finals remotely.
- Create a quiet place for your student that is dedicated to studying and taking exams. Ask your student about their class and study schedule so you will be aware of times throughout the day that they may require a quiet environment. Consider creating a do not disturb sign so household members know when your student is studying or taking an exam.
- Encourage your student to share their daily study goals. Knowing their goals will provide insight on ways to encourage them throughout the day and help them focus on what they need to accomplish. Keep in mind that encouragement should not add pressure to the situation. Trust your student’s process!
- Ensure your student develops a balanced schedule. Self-care can be the first thing to go when students are under pressure. A schedule that includes physical activity, relaxation and meals will help alleviate anxiety. Regular exercise that raises the heart rate will also help reduce anxiety and promote restful sleep.
- Remind your student to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night in order to make the most out of their study time. Establishing a regular sleep schedule will keep them refreshed and give their brain time to store new information, and prime their brain for learning activities.
- Supporting your student doesn't have to be a grand or expensive gesture. The little things often mean the most and your student will appreciate your support.