Parents can help their children do better on tests. Here are some suggestions:
1. Avoid "cramming." Studies show that kids who jam all their studying into the night before the test remember only about one-fifth of what they've learned. Regular studying is the best way to master challenging subjects.
2. Talk it out. Teach your child to repeat information out loud. Or, have her write down information several times.
3. Get organized. Help your child organize homework papers, quizzes, and other material that may be covered on the test.
4. Practice. You may want to prepare a sample test covering the material to be tested.
5. Know what's being tested. Encourage your child to ask the teacher what material will be included on the exam. At home, help your child predict the questions that may be asked. This helps your child focus on the most important material.
6. Review. The night before the test, have your child review the material that will be tested.
7. Get up early. Be sure to allow plenty of time in the morning. A harried, hurried child can't do her best.
8. Eat a good breakfast. Make sure your child has time to eat a nutritious breakfast.
9. Do a last-minute review. On the morning of the test, help your child briefly review the most important points.
10. Boost confidence. Let your child know you're proud of her. Remind her of the hard work she's already done. Tell her you know her hard work will pay off.
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