4 weeks ago Jill Nichols Comments Off on Test-taking tips
Here are proven ways to help your child prepare for and successfully take their next test…
—Conversation: Talk to your child about the importance of tests. Studies have shown that younger children are not always aware of their significance – but do better once they understand it.
- Explain that tests measure students’ progress in class by grading their knowledge of the subject.
- Let them know that standardized tests are the same for all children, and measure student performance across the state or even the entire country.
—Confidence: Prior to the test, help instill confidence. Praise your child for how hard they have studied and worked on class assignments. Make sure your child isn’t “afraid” of the test, but rather looks forward to it as a fun challenge he/she is ready to take.
—Communication with Teacher: Always discuss your child’s academic situation with the teacher. It helps you understand and provide what your child needs.
—The right results start with the right environment: Having an effective test-prep routine is just as important as having one for homework. Set a test-prep schedule and make sure the study environment is quiet, well-lit, and only has material directly related to the test.
—Victory through Vocabulary: Expand your child’s vocabulary by reading books, magazines and newspapers that will expose them to new words. A better vocabulary builds self-confidence and better test scores in all subjects.
—Perspective: Didn’t do well on a test? Not to worry! One bad test is hardly the end of the world. Getting upset – and upsetting your child – won’t change the past. Focus on future solutions.
- Don’t put too much emphasis on tests scores. Test scores are merely one ingredient of the final grade. Other components are also accounted for: homework assignments, classroom participation and overall class behavior and classroom attitude.
- It may take time to improve test scores, but developing good study habits will deliver results over time – and also give your child an invaluable edge later in life.
—Consistency, Repetition, Reinforcement: Tests will be much less stressful for your child, if you follow a consistent homework routine.
- To help reinforce what your child is learning, make a point of using the vocabulary words, math formulas, and other study topics in everyday tasks. The more these become second-nature, the better your child will do on tests.
—Attendance: And finally, make sure your child attends school regularly. Attendance often has a direct impact on scholastic achievement and overall success.