Those who do, have some traits in common.

Test-savvy students try to figure out what teachers will ask.

They also figure out how they learn best. They adjust how they study to their learning style.

Children who learn best visually might study for tests using mental pictures.

Students who learn through touch might create physical models. They put data on index cards so they can reorder them.

Students who learn best by hearing might recite information aloud. They can tape-record information and play it back.

So helping your child identify his learning style can be a first step in helping him do better on tests. Other things you can do:

• Ask your child what the teacher emphasized in class. Which material in the textbook and notes does he think she might include on a test?

• Review previous tests with your child. Which questions might appear on the final?

• Help your child make up practice questions.

• Quiz your child. If he can’t answer a question, have him look up the answer.

Once you think your middle schooler has mastered such test-preparation skills, back out. The goal is for your child to learn to prepare for tests on his own.

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