Top 3 Test Prep Tips to Reduce Your Child's Test Taking Anxiety

Top 3 Test Prep Tips to Reduce Your Child's Test Taking Anxiety

by Gwen Campell April 30, 2019

End-of-year testing is upon us...boy, does time fly! Test-taking can be a point of frustration and anxiety for many students. Here are our top 3 tips for test-taking success:


No Cramming

Plan to begin studying two weeks prior to a test. If your child doesn't have two weeks, encourage them to prepare as soon as possible. While cramming is tempting, it is very cognitively overwhelming and can prevent the retention of concepts. By planning in advance, your student gets more time to cover the material and can break it up into small chunks each day.

Chunking

Chunking is a technique that can be used for any work (even homework), but it is especially great for test preparation. Chunking simply means breaking down the task into small chunks. So, if your student has 10 chapters to cover for a test, try studying one chapter per night, and use the last few nights before the test to do a review.

Believe and relax!

Test taking can be stressful. Encourage your student to do their best to prepare, and when the time comes for the test, to believe in themselves and relax. Taking deep, conscious breaths during tests can be a great way to calm nerves. And even if a test doesn’t have the hoped for outcome, it can be used as a learning experience for how to do better next time.


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Gwen Campell
Gwen Campell

Director of Product & Data, Revibe Technologies

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