Help your child with test taking preparation with the goal of reinforcing knowledge and understanding, to build your child’s confidence and help lay the groundwork for a lifetime of good study skills.

 

Create A Test-taking Study Schedule For Your Child: This will help you and your child stay on schedule.

Find Out What Kinds Of Questions Are On The Test: The test may consist of short-answer, multiple-choice, essay, or a combination of the three.

Discuss With Your Child What Could Be On The Test: Most teachers will send home study questions, practice problems, and key pieces of information for review.  Review the information carefully and help your child write down answers and key pieces of information so they can review it later.  Also, review class notes together and parts of the textbook that deal with those particular topics and issues. Ask your child what pages the teacher stressed, and whether there are any maps, charts, or extra reading they need to know.

Remember Test Taking Basics.  Remember to use the five W’s: who, what, when, where, and why.

Teach Test Taking Skills.  Your child should read the test all the way through answering the questions they know well first, then go back to answer the questions they were unsure.

Divide and Conquer.  Divide information into small chunks, such as chapters for social studies, groups of 10 word problems at a time for math, 5 vocabulary words for language arts, etc.

Student Created Flash Cards.  Flash cards are a great way for your child to quiz themselves and the process of making the flash cards is also a valuable study session. Plus, writing it down helps them to visualize the material come test day. Example Ideas:

  • Vocabulary word on the front side; definition on the back
  • Name of math formula on the front; example of how to use the formula on the back
  • Major historical event on the front; date it occurred on the back
  • Name of character from book on the front; significance of character to the story on the back

Review Notes Nightly: Studying 15-20mins nightly helps to retain the information instead of cramming the night before the test.