TEST TAKING TIPS FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS
Preparing a student for a Testing Session - For Parents
- Make sure your child gets an ample, normal amount of sleep the night before the test.
- Mark testing days days on your calendar to help remind you and your child when the testing will take place and plan your preparations.
- The student should eat a nutritious and filling breakfast. Avoid high sugar cereals which can make the student hyper and/or unfocused.
- Set aside time each night prior to the test for several weeks to review the concepts that will be covered.
- Work with teachers and administrators at your child's school to find materials to work on at home inpreparation for the test.
- Make sure the student is on time (if not early) on the day of testing.
- Set a backup alarm to avoid the possibility of oversleeping.
- If your child is sick please contact the school immediately to inform them.
Working with students who are anxious about testing - for Parents
- Try not to put too much pressure on the student. Reinforce that as long as they worked hard in preparation and did their absolute best you will be proud of them.
- Have the child visualize success. Encourage them to rehearse what it will feel like to get a good score on the test.
- Work with them to focus on breathing. Stress is often caused by insufficient oxygen to the brain. Work with the student to take time before the test begins to take a number of deep, cleansing breaths, exhaling slowly. Focusing on breathing by taking some time when stress levels rise helps to focus on the mind during testing.
- Encourage your child to review the night before the test, but avoid cramming. Cramming is rarely if ever effective. A longer, more systematic schedule of short reviews will prepare the student better.
- Try to use positive language when talking about expectations of the test. Do not overinflate the student's expectations but also try to avoid negative working (e.g. replace "you are going to fail this test if you don't study" with "if you don't study you aren't going to pass this test.")
- Plan for a fun outing or treat for your child after the test has been completed.
- Keep a positive attitude about testing in general around your child and emphasize their ability to demonstrate what they have learned rather than the consequences of not passing.