How to Study!
Every year that your child is in school it will become more and more important that they learn the proper way to study for tests and apply these strategies consistently. Studying for students of all ages is very difficult and frustrating. Therefore it is crucial that you study with them. At this age it is impractical to believe that most students know how to go to their rooms alone and study the proper information for a test.
As hard as I work as a teacher in the classroom to teach your child the proper information, and give them the right tools for a test, most children cannot be successful on assessments without reinforcing the information at home. Just as studying is critical, so is the in class review the day before the test as well as completing their homework. Before a test you should expect the following things:
- Notification about test approximately 2 or more days before the assessment. (Each student should take responsibility to write this in their assignment pad when it is posted on the board.) I often eNotify about big tests too.
- A study guide or review sheet with important information from the unit.
- A review in class of exactly what will be on the test the day before.
- Notes on the information from the unit. (Student is responsible for taking home the materials needed to study each night)
We will be practcing taking notes together so that the students will have more to study from for a test. For math, social studies, and science it is especially important that your child take home their notebooks and save all of their corrected papers. These are EXCELLENT sources to study from. At any time your child can take their text books and notebooks home, however they must bring them back to school every morning. Below are a few helpful hints to assist your child in studying for an assessment.
5 Ways To Help Your Child Get Ready For A Test
Getting ready for a test is something every student experiences. The skills required for test preparation are necessary throughout one's entire school career. Children in first grade need just as many test taking skills as a student striving to attain a doctorate in graduate school. Success during an exam not only requires test taking skills, but also proper preparation. While there are countless ways to get ready for a test, there are 5 that stand out as the most beneficial.
Systematic Material Skimming
The best way to help your child get ready for a test is to teach him/her how to correctly study. When exams cover an entire chapter, or multiple chapters of information, children tend to become overwhelmed. The best place to start is right at the beginning of the material. Have your child read all the chapter titles, heading titles, and definitions. Usually text books contain review questions at the end of each chapter or section. Read the review questions. Even if your child doesn't know the answers, it will let him/her know where to focus energy.
Flashcards can be used when your child is getting ready for a test with a partner, or studying alone. Flashcards work best if your child is the one to create them. Not only do they get the benefit of quiz repetition, but they also have the benefit of physically writing down study material.
Study Sheet of Difficult Information
While your child is getting ready for a test, he/she will come across information that is difficult to remember. Everyone has certain facts, figures, definitions, and dates that never seem to come to mind. Have your child write down particularly difficult information on a special study sheet. This sheet can be referenced immediately before the test to refresh the memory.
Quiz Child Using Review Sheet
Your child should never have to study alone. Getting ready for a test is mentally and emotionally draining. If your child doesn't have a study buddy, volunteer yourself. Most instructors hand out review worksheets. Quiz your child on the worksheet beginning 3 or 4 days before the exam. If the teacher does not provide a review worksheet, have your child create their own.
Enforce Homework Completion Each Day
Perhaps the best way to help your child get ready for a test is to help him/her absorb the information each day. Each night, ask your son or daughter what was learned in class and what type of homework was given. Have a specific time in which homework should be completed. If your child needs help, make yourself available. Getting ready for a test is much easier if information is digest over a few weeks, rather than crammed into 1 or 2 nights.
Testing is no picnic. It doesn't need to be a stressful event filled with anxiety and fear. Preparation is the key to successful test taking. Getting ready for a test is simple if you help your child with these 5 study techniques.
Other great articles to help your child study! :)
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Houghton Mifflin Test Quest for Math (our math program)
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