LVHS – Tips and resources for managing finals
As finals approach, the stress level steadily rises at school and at home.
Here at LVHS, we have integrated a few interventions to help reduce stress:
To Lighten the Mood, each day we will be doing something different celebrating the 12 school days prior to Christmas for students and staff. Wednesday, each student received a candy cane and today, each student received Hershey hugs and kisses. Tomorrow all students can wear hats. We will continue these supports up to December 22.
Academic Support — FBLA is having a study session next Thursday, December 15 from 6-9 p.m.
Finals Schedule — We have created a schedule that ensures students have no more than 2 finals per day and a guaranteed review time for each final built into the school day.
Counseling/Emotional Support — We have 2 counselors and a school social worker in the counseling office to help with visit and plan appropriately for tests.
- All Staff on Deck — Rest assured that every staff member here is eager and willing to assist you and your students excel all year including this stressful end of the semester time. Please do not hesitate to give us a call for any assistance we can offer.
Some of you have been through finals with your kids before and some have not. Just a reminder of how to help your high school student(s) through the next couple of weeks (borrowed from "How to Help Your Student Minimize Exam Stress", Hoyt, 2016, Fastweb!).
1. Offer Support – Before and After the Exam
Remind your student of your love and support – no matter the outcome of their exams. Let them know that you’re aware of their hard work and efforts and that you’re extremely proud of them regardless of the grade they receive on their exams.
Take time to remind them that their entire future does not depend on one particular exam and you know that they worked to achieve the best possible grade and it’s not the end of the world if their score isn’t what they hoped for.
Your support will likely go further than you think in terms of eases their stresses, as a lot of students put a lot of pressure on themselves to please their parents, whether the parents know it or not.
2. Encourage Healthy Study and Lifestyle Habits
Try to encourage your student to make healthier lifestyle and, in turn, study, habits. Help them remember to SLEEP, eat healthy foods, exercise, and relax.
Better habits will lead to your student feeling better, staying more focusing in class and while studying and, ultimately, improved grades.
3. Help Avoid Procrastination
Touch base with your student regarding his or her assignments and exams, asking whether or not he or she feels prepared and has studied.
You certainly do not need to become a micro-manager but you can encourage preparedness and readiness as much as possible.
If you’re bringing it up, he or she will become more aware of the timeline and get down to brass tacks.
Attached is the LVHS Finals Schedule for your planning.
Don't hesitate to contact the LVHS Counseling Dept. if your student needs extra support at school through finals or any other time of the year.
The LVHS Counseling and Admin. Team