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Test-Prep Tips

Share these study strategies with your child before a big test.

Learning Benefits

Hover over each Learning Benefit below for a detailed explanation.
Memory and Memorization
Attention and Focus
Critical Thinking
  • Map out a study schedule — say, 15 to 30 minutes a night depending on the child's age, how much material there is to cover, and how much other homework has to be done.
  • Find out if the teacher has explained whether the test is short-answer, multiple-choice, essay, or a combination of the three. For the first two kinds of tests, kids will need to know lots of facts and details; for essay tests, thinking about the big picture is more important.
  • Review class notes, textbook chapters, study questions, and other materials together, and ask your child what she thinks is the most important info.
  • Help your child write down answers and key pieces of information so she can review them later.
  • Review the basics, like who, what, when, where, and why.
  • On test day, remind your child to read the questions all the way through and answer easy ones first.
  • Follow up: if the results are not what you and your child hoped for, talk to the teacher to find out what was missing in your child's preparation.

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