Friday, December 7, 2012

How to Get Your Child Ready for A Test

A big test can be nerve racking for both children and their parents. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can help your child be successful in preparing for a test.

Good Habits

It is a good idea to remain involved with your child’s schoolwork and homework throughout the year to help them develop good study habits, there should no panic around testing time. Try to regularly review your child’s homework so you know what they are studying, as well as where they are succeeding of where they might be struggling. Some parents find it helpful to regularly read their child’s textbooks so they understand what their child is studying and then can help if their child has questions. If your child is having trouble with the school work, seek help from the teacher. Creating a space for your child to study is also important. Make sure this place is quiet and has all the study materials they need.  If your child has siblings, let them know that this area is for studying only.  This helps eliminate any potential distractions.

Study Tips

There are several things you can do to help your child study for a test.  Many children find it helpful to be quizzed on the test material. You can create a practice test or quiz your child orally. Many textbooks have example test questions and answers for you to use or the teacher may provide a study guide.

If your child is having trouble understanding a concept, try to explain it in a different way. For example, many children find it easier to understand material when it is presented as a drawing or in a chart. Also, you might help your child come up with different ways to remember information, such as singing it in a song or creating mnemonics.  You may also find helpful study materials online that are designed for the subject your child is studying.

Get Ready

It’s important to make sure that your child is well rested before the big day by trying not to bring up anything stressful the night before the test, also ensuring that they go to bed on time. If your child is worried about the test, remind them that they have prepared and just need to try their best.  In the morning, ensure that your child has lots of time to get ready and eats a well-balanced breakfast.

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