Lower Test Anxiety, Raise Scores
Is your child overly stressed about a test? She may have test anxiety; here are ways to help.
What You Need to Know
Worrying too much about an upcoming test is test anxiety. Ironically, worrying too much about a test can also lead to your child’s doing poorly on it. Here are some ways to lower the anxiety level.
- Talk about tests in a positive way.
- Encourage your child to do her best; don’t obsess about the outcome.
- Remind your child of her strengths (memory, writing skills, math).
- Explain that a test is only a measure of academic performance, not her worth.
How You Can Help
- Your school may offer test-prep classes or practice tests. Take advantage of these if offered.
- Encourage your child to begin studying for the test well in advance and not to cram the night before. To be sure her brain is at peak efficiency, be sure she gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before the test.
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