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Final exams for students begin Thursday, May 2, 2019.  You can find the final exam schedule on the VCU Record and Registration website. Exam times are determined by the student’s class time.

Here are some tips to share with your student to prepare for the next two weeks:

Take advantage of VCU’s academic resources

If your student is facing some challenges with certain class topics, now is a great time to stop by the Campus Learning Center (CLC). The CLC offers drop-in tutoring, Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions for certain classes and academic coaching. It’s best to visit now, the CLC gets very busy as finals approach.

If your student has a paper to write, they can also stop by the Writing Center for assistance at any stage of the writing process. Students can make appointments or drop in when it convenient for them.

Mark your calendar

Visual reminders can be a great way to stay on task and manage time. Have your student pick up or print out a calendar and mark all due dates of big projects and finals. This can help them plan times to set aside for studying and working on projects.

Meet with professors during office hours

Each professor will have office hours set aside to meet with students about concerns they might have with the class. Now is a great time for students to set up a meeting to ask clarifying questions on the material that has already been covered. This will help them catch up and feel confident heading into exam time.

L.E.A.R.N. to manage stress

The end of the semester and final exams can be one of the most stressful times for your students, especially if this is their first semester. VCU’s The Well offers many resources to assist students in better managing stress. One of these resources promotes an emotionally-focused strategy to manage your own response to stresses that are beyond your control. This method emphasizes:

L- Laughter

E- Exercise

A- Attitude

R- Rest/Relaxation

N- Nutrition

Check in with your students and make sure that they are making time to sleep, exercise or move around and are scheduling time for relaxation amid the busy finals season.

Categories Advice for Students & Families, VCU Calendar Reminders