Midterm exam time is a stressful time for most students. For many students, midterm exam time comes as a wake-up call. The beginning of the semester has progressed smoothly, or so it seems, and then suddenly your student realizes how much there still is to do on that paper or project, or how many chapters are yet unread, or how much material must be memorized for an exam. Although some students may have had large midterm or final exams in high school, for some students this may be a new experience. This may be one of the first big college reality checks for your student.
College parents may feel helpless as their college student begins to worry or even panic over exams. This is one of those college moments where your student needs to figure out how she will cope. However, there are a few things that parents can do to help students through this stressful time.