6 Essential Test-Prep Tips to Teach Your Child

Studying for exams is a learned skill — here's how to help your child master it.




Is your child overwhelmed by the process of prepping for a test? Use these six strategies to help make the process more manageable: 

1. Help your child map out a test-taking study schedule. That way, you can best manage her time.

2. Determine what kinds of questions will be on the test. The option are short-answer, multiple-choice, essay, or a combination of the three.

3. Ask your child what he thinks is going to be on the test. Then look at his class notes together and the 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 he needs to know. If the teacher provided study questions, go over them carefully, and help your child write down answers and key pieces of information so he can review them later.

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4. Remember test-taking basics. One tip for helping your child organize and remember information is to follow the five W's: who, what, when, where, and why.

5. Teach test-taking skills. It's best for your child to read the test all the way through, answer the questions she knows well first, and return to the questions she's unsure of later. The goal is to not only reinforce knowledge and understanding, but to build your child's confidence and help lay the groundwork for a lifetime of good study skills.

6. Follow up with test taking. Compliment your child for working with you and putting in the time to prepare for his exam. And 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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