Helping Your Child Prepare for a Test

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School tests are a good way to monitor a child’s academic progress. However many children find tests stressful and often feel overwhelmed by the amount of revision they need to do prior to their test, or anxious about their test results. This is not only hard for children to cope with, but this can also be a difficult time for parents too. 

Parents may wonder how best to support their children with their upcoming tests. With that in mind, here are some great tips from Banstead Preparatory School on how to help your child prepare for a test…

Create a study area

Create a quiet space for your child to study for their tests. If they need a push to get started, you could sit with them and help them to revise. You could also help them to make a study schedule. This will help to make their revision more manageable and improve your child’s organisation skills.

Don’t pressure

It is important to teach your child that although tests are important, they do not define them. No matter what results they get in their tests, remind them that they are trying hard and very talented. By putting too much pressure on children to achieve certain test results, you can have a negative effect on their academic performance and cause anxiety.

Talk about school

Encourage your child to talk to you regularly about what they are learning at school. This will help you to keep on track of what they are learning and what they might be tested on. Also, by repeating what they are learning in class, they will be helping to retain this information in their memory. This will benefit them greatly when it comes to their end of term tests.

Practice

Finally, one of the best ways to help your child prepare for a test is by practicing. Replicating test settings at home is a great technique for building up your child’s confidence before a big exam. Ask your child questions that they might find on their upcoming test, or use these questions in a written practice test. Make a note of any questions that your child found difficult and focus on those areas in your next revision session.

 

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