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[OCT. 26, 2006]
Q: My child is a
pretty good student, but she gets very stressed about tests. Do you
have any suggestions on ways she can reduce her anxiety?
A: Keeping up with class
work and homework is the most important way your daughter can
prepare for tests. But as a test approaches, here are some
strategies your daughter can use:
Ask the teacher
about the test. What subjects will it cover? What kinds of
questions will be asked? Will students be allowed to use aids,
such as books or calculators? If books are allowed during
testing, be sure you have marked important pages.
materials. Divide notes, homework, handouts, quizzes and
other information into logical sections. They'll be easier to
study this way.
Make a study plan.
Schedule time to review for the test. Spread the work over
several days. Then make "to do" lists for each study session.
Include time for study breaks!
Take a practice
test. While reviewing, make up practice questions about the
information. Study until the questions can be answered
Study under "test"
conditions. In other words, no radio, TV or other
distractions. This can improve memory at test time. Another
idea: Set a timer during practice tests to make them more
Look at old tests.
Learn from past mistakes, such as failing to read
instructions carefully. And notice what was done correctly!
Here are some hints about answering various kinds of questions:
Make an outline before answering the question.
Ask if spelling and grammar will be graded.
If time is running out, include an outline or brief answer.
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Read the directions carefully.
Notice whether one column is longer than the other. If so, some
answers may not get used. Others may be used twice.
Match the easiest items first. Then the remaining ones may be
Before reading the choices, think about what the answer is.
Read all the answers before choosing one.
Cross out wrong answers. This narrows down the options.
When reviewing the test, make sure answers are properly marked.
- For the answer to be true, <b>all</b> of the statement must be
- Beware of absolute terms, such as "always" or "never." These
words are more likely to be in false statements.
- It's probably better to guess than to leave a question blank.
There's a 50 percent chance of being right!
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