Academic testing begins early in our school system. Children are evaluated on how well they know their colours, their shapes and their numbers and letters. Exams go on to test how well students can read and do math. The list goes on, with the topics and exams getting more complex as they move up through the grades. Here are some tips that can help your child deal with exam anxiety.
Exam anxiety is real. Children understand that there are often consequences to not doing well on a test, but the anxiety they feel might work against them, making it harder for them to study, prepare or perform properly. Here are a few things they can do before exam time arrives.
Some teachers like to give pop quizzes, but most of the time students do know when tests are coming. Mark these on a calendar so both you and your child are aware of when an exam will take place.
Instead of waiting for the "right time" to start, studying should happen regularly, leading up to an exam. Encourage your child to take a few minutes every day to review notes and be sure they understand the material. If your child is having problems understanding the material, then there's time to ask for help before exam day.
There's a difference between going in to an exam thinking "I'm going to fail this" and "I studied and am prepared." The first thought encourages worry and fear; the second encourages confidence.
There are techniques to writing a successful exam, and a few are as basic as you can get, yet many exam takers might not take the time for them. Teach your child these valuable exam-taking tips.
This seems simple enough, but sometimes students are in such a rush to get through an exam, they don't read the instructions properly. A story that's been going around for years illustrates this: A professor wrote at the start of the exam to go down to the final question, where it said something like, "Write your name in capital letters, and then hand in your exam as is." Students who didn't read that first instruction completed the whole exam before getting to that last question.
Students can sometimes come across questions they find easy and respond to them right away, which will boost their self-confidence for completing the rest of the exam.
Sometimes instructions or questions can be confusing. Rather than spending valuable time trying to figure them out, ask.
This is important to be sure no questions were missed. Always review before handing in an exam.
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