Now that the leaves are beginning to change and you’re pulling out the fall jackets from the depths of your coat closet, it’s time to start thinking about school. Your child has probably been enrolled for a few weeks and they are surely already loaded down with homework. You’ve probably had to berate them a few times to get themselves into gear to do their homework and study for some upcoming tests. Testing is one of the many facets that cause trouble for most children. Some kids are very well versed in taking tests while others are not very good test takers at all. If your child isn’t the best test taker, that doesn’t mean they can’t learn how to be a better one. Testing is something that can be learned and sharpened if the right tutoring techniques are implemented. At The Brain Zone, we excel in helping children do better in math, reading, writing, as well as hone their skills to make them better learners. In addition to working on tests, we also are able to offer homework help.
Study Tips For Your Child
Regardless of the age of your child, they are probably facing some sort of test in the near future. Kids in kindergarten are taking tests to ensure they are on the right track for success, those in elementary school take standardized tests, and middle school and above have tests in different subjects as well as helping them get ready for college. Testing is embedded in your child’s school career, which is why these study tips will help make a difference in the way your child tests. For any questions or if you’d like to enroll your child in our tutoring services, then take the time to reach out to our learning center.
These tips will help put your child on the right path to taking tests better:
- Organization: This is a key component in anything you do where you want to succeed. Organization helps to make things easier and ensure that nothing slips through the cracks. When you encourage your child to take notes and write down when they have tests and when things are due, your child will stay on track.
- Create a study plan: You can help your child do this by sitting down with them to help them plan out how to study. This will help them strengthen their planning skills as well as ensure they create a plan that will work. A study plan will help your child know what the tests is, what to expect, and help them prepare to the best of their abilities. It will also reduce the chances of cramming before the test and they’ll have more time to study, so they don’t end up missing any important information.
- Help your child think positively: Positive thinking will change how your child takes the test. If they go into the test and think they are going to fail, then they probably will. By having the right mindset to make a difference during the tests, they’ll feel ready and not fall to catastrophic thinking that makes them freeze while answering a question.
- Know the expectations: Make sure your child knows the expectations to the test. Ask them what will be on the test and what they should expect. Will there be multiple choice questions, essay questions, or is it an oral exam?
- Enhance active listening abilities: Active listening is vital to help your child concentrate and avoid any distractions in their area. Active listening will help them concentrate better, use clues to answer questions, consider what the teacher is saying, help pay attention, and avoid letting your mind wander.
- Practice active reading: Like active listening, active reading will help your child pick up on clues in the reading and make sure they are hitting the main points of the question that was asked. Additionally, if they don’t know something they’ll use context clues to understand the information better.
- Rules for cell phone use should be implemented: When studying, we strongly encourage taking away your child’s cell phone or putting it on silent to ensure they aren’t distracted.
At The Brain Zone, we are able to help your child do better in school and learn better. When it comes to taking tests, if you put in the effort as well as your child, then you’ll see some changes in their abilities. Additionally, when your child comes to tutoring to strengthen his or her skills, they’ll also get help with homework, address any learning disabilities, and become a stronger student.