At the end of each semester, many students are taking exams. For adolescents, this can be a stress-filled ordeal. A few test-taking strategies can go a long way in helping your child cope with the stress and maximize their returns on studying. Here are five test-taking strategies to help your child:
- Read the Directions Carefully.
You must understand the directions before beginning to analyze the problem. Scholastic recommends, “Students need to read and listen to all directions carefully so they understand what is expected of them.” It sounds simple, but often for the sake of saving time, students glance or skip over the directions and jump straight into questions.
- Plan Your Time.
It’s important to be aware of how much time you have during a test so you can prioritize and manage that time efficiently. You aren’t sure about a problem? Skip it. It’s better to take time coming back to a problem then spending more time pondering over one question. If a test has multiple sections, plan accordingly and have a general idea of how much time the student should spend on each section.
- Logically Evaluate all the Answers.
Make sure your child understands the significance of going through and analyzing each answer choice. This is particularly useful for tests with multiple-choice questions. Odds are, there are clues within the answers that can help the student narrow down the answer to just one or two choices.
- Approach the Test Relaxed.
Tackling a test while being more relaxed not only eases the tension, it also increases your confidence. With that heightened confidence, you worry less about the stress of the event, allowing you to focus on the material and performing well .
- Be Prepared.
Nothing beats preparation. Always make sure your student has looked at the material, understands the theories, and can implement what they’ve learned in a critical manner. Ensure that your child is taking the proper approaches to studying the material, and is doing so in a way that helps them actually understand and remember the lessons.
For more information on studying, check out our after school study tips.