Every parent knows that if their child has upcoming exams, whether
they be high-level standardization or exams for their teacher to
assess their general understanding, sufficient preparation is
crucial. However, the challenge many parents face is providing their
child with study support.
How to Help Your Child Study for an
Upcoming Exam or Quiz
Review Their Notes
If the upcoming exam relates solely on the previous semester’s
lessons, then your child’s notebook is going to provide a wealth of
information. A common mistake that many students make is to focus on
the notes which they already know or those which are easy to
remember. While maintaining this knowledge is important to perform
well on a test, it should not be their only source of review.
With your child, take a look through their notebook and pay attention
to any items which they have rewritten a number of times. This can be
a sign that the lesson posed a particularly difficult challenge for
them and is a good indicator that they should review it in more depth
to increase their understanding.
In addition to this, look for notes which appear incomplete. If your
child is participating in tutoring classes, their tutor will
ensure they have a full understanding of each lesson. However, if
your child studies alone, this may not be the case and they may move
on to the next lesson from frustration. Incomplete notes can be a
good indicator of this.
Speak with The Tutoring Center of Ocoee at (407) 614-5980
to learn about how tutoring, delivered through one-to-one
instruction, can ensure your
child receives a full understanding of each lesson.
Create Your Own Cheat Sheet
With the ever increasing complexity of modern classes, many parents
find it difficult to help their child with subjects and lessons which
they do not understand themselves. This can often prevent parents
from becoming as involved as they would like to be.
As you and your child review their notes, pick out particularly
challenging items and create your own cheat sheet, with questions and
answers which are likely to appear during their upcoming test. During
random intervals throughout their time at home, present your child
with an “at home pop quiz”. While you may not understand the
question or the answer, your cheat sheet will enable you to act like
a quiz, where you simply present a question and require the correct
answer without providing further information.
Test Their Confidence
While it may seem strange, some students find it easier to answer
questions where they are required to provide an open-format answer
rather than questions which offer multiple choice options. When
presented with an almost identical answer, a student’s confidence
can begin to waver, despite them knowing the correct answer.
The best way for you to help your child for this exam format is with
practice. Locate exams about similar subjects, but which are in a
multiple choice format. By practicing these, your child can build
their confidence in themselves and their knowledge and help them to
feel comfortable following their “gut feeling.”
Practice Providing Comprehensive
For students who feel comfortable providing open-format answers,
practice will come in the form or articulation. Many students find
that, while they know the answer, they struggle to provide it in a
format which the assessor is looking for, and a format which is easy
to understand by anybody other than themselves.
To help them practice providing well written long-form answers, look
for previous exams which include answers that were highly rated by
the assessor. Provide the questions to your child, then help them to
compare the format of their answer to the ones in your examples.
Small changes in how they provide their answer could make a big
difference in the grade they receive.
Every Child Can Benefit From
It is a common belief that tutoring classes are designed
solely for children who achieve consistently low grades. While these
benefit greatly from tutoring,
these sessions can also help students who are struggling in a single
area or want to increase a B to an A.
Speak with The Tutoring Center of Ocoee at (407) 614-6980
and ask about how tutoring can raise your child’s exam
results and overall grades.