Top 3 Tips to Help Your Child Manage Test Anxiety
This guest post is written by Dr. Aviva Bass-Huh, a licensed clinical psychologist in Boulder, CO.
We all want our children to do well at school and it can be frustrating when you watch your child show up and do the work but then not test well. For many students, test anxiety hinders their ability to perform. When children are anxious, it affects how they think, what they feel in their bodies and what they do. These three parts interact, and a change in one influences the others.
For example, just hearing about an upcoming test can trigger the fear of failure and paralyzing self-doubt in a child. If the student thinks they’ll get a bad grade, they may become nauseous and start to fidget. As a result, their anxiety escalates further, and the child feels like all the material they’ve learned has slipped out of their mind, preventing their ability to perform well on the test.
This cycle is fairly common. Fortunately, there are some simple steps students can take to manage their test anxiety. Here’s the top three ways your child can harness their anxiety and use it to perform better on exams:
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The best way to develop effective study skills is through strategy and practice. So, let’s discuss some of best strategies for building strong study skills: (more…)
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It’s test-taking time and who wouldn’t want to guarantee success in ALL subjects? Luckily, there are several strategies that can help you to regulate your nerves and focus come test day. These helpful tips will improve information recall and processing speed.
If you utilize these tips along with bringing a positive attitude and a well-rested and well-fed YOU to school, then your test-taking skills will be unstoppable!
Techniques for success in ANY exam: (more…)
Does your child incorporate proofreading as part of their written work? Most of my students think that as soon as they put their final ending punctuation mark on their writing, it’s done!
The ability to assess and correct one’s own performance is a metacognitive skill. When students have a weakness in this area, they may neglect to proofread and check their work. Some students have difficulty staying on topic and veer off in a different direction or go on a tangent, losing sight of their topic or goal. Others make careless errors by rushing through their work or not paying attention to details.
Tips for Successful Proofreading:
Having gone through school before the age of personal computers, I had to do research the old-fashioned way- at the library. And let me tell you, it required significantly more planning and work!
First, you had to plan to get to the library while it was open. Then, you had to physically search for books and articles and hope that they weren’t checked out by another student. Once you’d found the materials you needed, you then had to make sure you had enough dimes for the photocopy machine. Oh, and remember scrolling through miles of microfiche? Was I the only one who got dizzy and nauseous every time? (more…)
I’ve had some students come to my office with backpacks that weigh as much as they do! Well, perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit, but in all seriousness, backpacks should not weigh more than 10 to 15% of a child’s body weight.
So, how can you help your children keep ‘em light and pack ‘em right this school year? (more…)