Testing has become an element of education for your children. It can measure your child’s academic growth and achievement. These tests can affect the grades or placement in school. Learning how to test well can help anyone throughout life. Getting your driver’s license or trying out for sports are some of the examples how tests can help you in life. Scoring well on the tests is not just knowing about the correct answers to the questions, but also knowing about how tests are scored.
Help your child develop some test-taking skills with these techniques below.
Encourage your child
Praise your child for things that they do well on. Your child is likely to do their best if they have good self-confidence. A child who does not feel their best, especially afraid of getting a bad score, can be more anxious when taking test and can possibly make mistakes.
Meet with your child’s teacher
Meeting with your child’s teacher to check on their progress can help you be aware of how your child is doing in school and how you can help them. You can ask your child’s teacher about activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare them for tests or content they might have difficulty understanding.
Provide your child a place for studying at home
Make a place your child can go to that can help them focus on their schoolwork. This place should provide an environment that is quiet and comfortable.
Ensure your child is well rested on school days
This is especially important on school days your child is taking a test. If your child is well-rested they will be able to focus and pay attention. So send those kiddos off to bed early!
Feed your child a well-balance diet
Ensure your child is getting breakfast before their big test day. A healthy meal constantly will also help your child’s mind by giving the energy it needs to learn and be active.
Here are some ways your child can do when preparing or taking tests.
- Don’t cramp all of the studying into one day. Space out the studying over an extended amount of time.
- Get a good night’s sleep. Rest and eating well are important, especially for your child when preparing or taking a test.
- Visualize success. Your child picturing themselves getting a good score can stimulate your child’s brain to be successful on their test.
- Read the directions and questions carefully when taking a test. If you are not sure about something on the test, tell your child to ask a teacher to clarify.
- Examine the test before you start. Understanding what type of questions there are on the tests can help your child understand how to pace themselves.
- Don’t skip questions. If you don’t know the answer to the question you can skip it and go on, but make sure you go back at the end of the exam. Make an estimated guess if you still are not sure of the answer.