Test taking can be stressful for both children and parents. Not only do you have to make sure your child is fully prepared for the content they’ll face, but sometimes it also feels like you have to force them to study. For children, testing can be scary. Unless the test is on a subject in which they excel and/or are excited about, children may feel intimidated and are more likely to be unsuccessful. These are all bumps in the road of school and life, but effective study skills and habits can be developed with your child – and with enough of your own involvement, these skills will transition into adulthood.
Work with Your Child on Study Habits
In a comfortable atmosphere, like their bedroom, bring in a set of healthy study snacks and sit down with your child to go over the test material. Don’t hold their hand while they figure things out, but be available if they get stuck or have any questions. As a parent, you can help your child develop good study skills early on. Just giving them the answers, however, doesn’t help that process. Go through different scenarios and ways to solve questions and problems together, but let them figure out most of it on their own.
Make Sure Your Child Has a Plan in Place — and Offer Rewards
When it comes to motivating a child to develop good study habits and test-taking skills, go through a practice run. If your child isn’t enthusiastic about this, offer a small reward at the end to encourage them to try their best. After the test is done, go through the answers one by one, letting your child know how they did. The more you go through this exercise with them, the more comfortable they will be in a test-taking situation.