Freezing up on Tests: How to Help Your Kids

Parent’s question

My 10-year-old son freezes up whenever he takes a test. The teacher offered him more time, but it did not help. It just gave him more time to be panicked! Is there anything that can I do to help him overcome test anxiety?

Our answer

The best way for children in elementary school to feel confident before taking a test is simply to keep up with their work and make sure they understand what is being studied. Reviewing sufficiently is another one of the big secrets to facing tests with confidence – not panic!

Of course, that’s easier said than done! So how can parents help out in the process? Guide your child in reviewing his study material every evening. In fact, over-learning material is a major way to reduce test anxiety.

Another helpful hint in avoiding those exam jitters is knowing what will be on the test. Teachers usually review in advance, so that material shouldn’t be hard to get. During the review period, teach your son to write down and underline anything the teacher identifies with a “You really need to know this!” He should also complete and review all the study guides that the teacher uses in class.

Some anxious students also find it’s a big benefit to create “tests” from study guides and chapter questions, to practice taking a test so they realize that they know the material.

Any potential learning disabilities aside, these techniques, if applied consistently, can help your son kick that test anxiety to the curb!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

LATEST STORIES

Breakfast for Dinner Spots in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Who says you can't have breakfast for dinner? These local restaurants offer pancakes, sausage, hash browns and other first-meal faves any time of day.

Lunar New Year Celebrations in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Looking to introduce your kids to this cultural event? This year, the Spring festival falls on Feb. 1, 2022, and there are many celebrations to enjoy.

Worried About Substance Use? Here’s How to Seek Help

Brought to you by Oakland Community Health Network

Family Movies Coming Out in 2022

2022 is welcoming tons of family-friendly flicks. Here are 19 of our favorite kids movies coming out this year.


- Advertisement -