There are many ways parents can help students prepare for and be successful on STAAR exams or any other exams a student may take. The following tips are not “secret formulas”, but they do establish collaboration between parents and schools to support student learning and achievement.
Tips to Help Your Student Excel on Tests
1. Know What Your Child is Studying
Teachers work to ensure that students learn a specific set of knowledge and skills established by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Teachers utilize a sequence of content that builds upon prior knowledge and skills. Talk with your child’s teacher to find out the sequence and timeline of content study.
2. Ask Your Child to Show You Their Notebook
Many teachers use notebooks as a means of organization, learning, and reflection. Ask your child to show you their notebook and discuss their most recent focus of study. Let your child tell you about activities they completed and what they are learning in class.
3. Know Your Child’s Testing Schedule
Encourage your child to prepare in advance for upcoming exams. Set aside time to review vocabulary and major concepts ahead of time with your child (utilize notebook) instead of “CRAMMING” the night before. Helping students develop and maintain healthy study habits throughout the year can alleviate negative reactions to testing such as stress or anxiety.
4. Rest and Nutrition
Help your child to understand that it is important to get a good night’s sleep before an exam. Staying up late and “cramming” is not the best solution to being successful on the exam. Talk over key concepts and vocabulary as you have previously with your child so that a consistent study habit is maintained. Encourage your child to have a good breakfast the morning of the exam.
Final Thoughts and More Resources
In collaborating with your child, teacher, and school you are building a foundation of trust and accountability to help your child be successful.
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Article by Vonda Posey