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Ways to Help Kids Ace Tests

Does your child need help with taking exams? Follow these tips to help your kid be a whiz at pop quizzes and tests.

According to koodakpress، Tests are one method for a teacher to gauge what her students know (and need to know), but tests aren’t just for the teachers. By taking tests, children learn solid study skills, learn from errors, and learn how to handle the unknown (like pop quizzes) in an academic setting. Through practice and preparation, children will feel equipped and ready to handle tests — without feeling the need to cheat. They will also be less afraid of failure or mistakes because they’ll rely on their own abilities and put in their best efforts. Try these test taking strategies for kids to smooth the transition between learning and recall, schoolwork and test day. Soon enough, your child will become a master of test taking.

Talk to the Teacher

Teachers often offer a study guide for the test, outlining the format and the featured information. If you haven’t received a study guide through your child or in an email, visit or call the teacher. Ask about the specific things your child should prep for, along with any weak spots in his learning. Teachers may also be able to offer targeted study techniques or worksheets, depending upon your child’s needs.

Involve the Whole Family

Play short and relaxed 15-minute games (or “study breaks”) instead of enforcing a stressful cram session. Involving siblings and grown-ups will also make learning fun instead of fretful. “At dinner, play a little game with multiplication tables,” suggests Laura Laing, author of Math for Grownups, and a developer of middle and high school math curriculum. She suggests passing around an object, such as a napkin. Whoever has the napkin has to answer a math question asked by the last person. “Stumped? The object goes to the next person, who then gets a chance.” Change questions based on the ability of the participants; younger sibs may need easier questions. End the game when the time feels right, or when someone achieves three correct answers.

Engage the Senses

Some concepts stick better if you integrate the senses of touch, smell, and sound in fun ways. “When there’s movement involved, kids are more likely to remember facts than when they’re just sitting at a table, skimming textbook information,” says Ann K. Dolin, a Washington D.C.-based tutor and author of Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework. Throw a beach ball back and forth with your child as she recites science facts or state capitals. To help with reading or spelling, let kids use icing to write words on a cake pan or shape cookie dough on a baking tray to practice letters. Or sing the multiplication tables to a popular tune to help with memorization.

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