TEST TAKING STRATEGIES
Studying for Tests:
- Do not cram!
- Begin studying at least a week before the test.
- Study in a quiet, well lit, distraction free area.
- Sit at a table and chair to study- this creates an atmosphere conducive to working. (this also helps when it comes time to take the test because you are taking a test in the same environmental set up that you studied in.)
- No snacks during study time.
- Initially perform an overview of all material.
- Study material that is more difficult/that you don't know that well.
- Take 1-2 breaks during study time. (get up, walk around, get a drink, etc.)
- Memorize one thing at a time (repeat the information, draw a picture to visualize, verbalize outloud, visualize it in your head, create mnemonics or associations, put it to rhyme, add body movement while singing/reciting.)
- Have someone quiz you.
- Study a little every night.
- At the beginning of each study period, spend about 10 minutes reviewing the previous period's material.
- Flashcards are a good way to associate new material and break material into manageable parts.
BEFORE THE TEST:
- Get a good night's sleep
- Eat a good breakfast
- Come to school prepared to take the test (have sharpened pencils, pens, calculator, etc.)
- Make sure your name is on the test
- HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE!!!
- Take a break when you come home from school before you start your homework
- Homework sessions should be the same time every day, if possible
- Take one to two breaks during homework time
- Gather all materials before you start
- Start the hardest assignments first, then move to an easier assignment as a break
- Parents should be available to assist their child
- Should be at a table and chair
- Distraction free (away from high traffic areas, TV, music)
- Well lit area
- Organized/clutter free
- Students should record all assignments in an assignment book/Check Genesis for HW assignments
- Parents should review the assignment pad/Genesis/Google Classroom everyday to see what homework, tests, or projects are coming up
- Parents should also check after homework is completed to ensure that all work is complete and the assignments are placed in the student's backpack
If a student is having excessive problems with a homework assignment, get help from a parent. If problems continue, stop and ask for assistance from your teacher the next day.
Parents should praise their child!
If your child is having a hard time getting started or understanding the directions, do an example with him/her if possible