Study Help: Six Tips to Helping Your Child with Big Tests
Whether it should be or not, testing is an important part of the current schooling experience. Test anxiety can be a serious issue for some children and teens, and poor scores don’t always reflect lack of effort. Parents can work with their children at home to help improve their testing experience. Here are six tips that can help your child.
1. Learn Their Learning Style
Before embarking on the process of studying with a child, it’s important to know their learning style. Teaching the concepts according to their learning style is like speaking in their own special language. The three main learning styles are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic, or tactile learning. You can take an online quiz to help figure out your child’s learning style.
2. Find Ways to Teach in Their Learning Style
Once a learning style is found, it’s important to cater the studying around that particular method. If the child is a visual learner, it would be good to have diagrams, pictures, a dry erase board, etc. When a child is an auditory learner, using audiobooks, recordings and reading aloud are really helpful. It may also help to quiz your child out loud. If the child is a kinesthetic learner, activities where the studying is interactive would be very beneficial. This can be in the form of games, puzzles, etc.
3. Designate a Time for Studying Only
Having a specific time that is designated for studying only is really helpful because it helps build a routine. It provides stability and an expectation. Once a time is set in stone for studying, it becomes a habit and studying should always be a habitual practice. The more studying, the stronger a child’s knowledge base will be.
4. Designate a Time for Study Breaks
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Depending on the study method of your child, it’s really good to have study breaks in between. It helps to break the information up a little bit. Having study breaks also helps the child so that their mind will retain all the information and avoid burnout.
5. Create Practice Tests.
Using the material, create practice tests so that the child can get an idea of what to expect and what they still need to study and become stronger on. You can find materials for all kinds of tests at websites . It’s easy to remember the information when it’s on a textbook right in front but it’s another to fill in the blanks from memory. Practice tests help strengthen a child’s confidence when it’s time for the real deal.
6. Consult the Teacher.
Contact your child’s teacher to find out first-hand what their strong suits in the particular subject as well as test-taking might be. The teacher has a different perspective that can really be helpful. Together, you can work with the teacher to improve your child’s test-taking experience.
If your child is struggling with tests, they are not alone. You can use these six tips to help improve their studying and testing abilities.
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