Tests are important. They tell teachers what students know and where they might need extra help. They can affect a year’s grade and a child’s placement in school.
Some children can develop “test anxiety.” They can be so afraid of failing tests that they fail. It doesn’t help to tell a child to relax or stop worrying about tests. But it will help if you do these things:
Provide a quiet place for studying at home.
Make sure your child eats well and sleeps enough.
Insist your child attend school regularly so he doesn’t miss learning what’s being tested.
Encourage your child to space studying over days or weeks. Real learning occurs over time.
Discourage “cramming” before a test. It increases anxiety and hinders clear thinking.
Praise and encourage your child. Kids test better when they feel good about themselves.
Encourage your child to read test directions and questions carefully. If he doesn’t understand them, he should ask the teacher to explain.
Don’t judge your child on a single test score. Many things can affect a score, including your child’s health and classroom environment.
Review test results with your child. Make sure he understands why he got answers wrong.
Ask your child’s teacher to suggest home activities that will help your child learn and prepare for tests.
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