Whether it’s a weekly math quiz or a yearly standardized test, preparing for a test can be stressful for middle school students. Help them alleviate some of the pressure and feel more comfortable the day of by following these test prep tips!
- Get ready at home before the test. There are a number of ways families can help their middle schoolers prepare for taking a test at home – that don’t involve studying. First, ensure students are in bed by 10 pm so they can get a good night’s sleep. Likewise, plan on eating a nutritious breakfast. Avoid rushing in the morning by setting out clothes, backpacks, and other school materials the night before.
- Create a study schedule. Help your middle schooler create a study schedule in the days or weeks leading up to a test. Doing this gives them the confidence that they can review all of the material and avoid cramming. It may also help them prevent feeling overwhelmed or overstressed by studying.
- Practice following directions. Many tests, especially state or nation-wide standardized tests, have very specific directions that must be followed. Encourage them to read all directions first when completing homework as practice. For reading practice and following directions outside of classwork, help your child pick and make a recipe with instructions that must be followed exactly.
- Ask questions. A new school year brings new classes, new teachers, and and new test formats. Have your child ask questions to find out as much information as possible about the test beforehand. This includes everything from the specific material that will be covered, to how long the test will be and what kind of format the questions will have. Asking questions about test format can help alleviate student’s anxiety in advance of the big day.
- Review test taking strategies. By middle school, most students learned a number of different test taking strategies. Help your student by reviewing test taking strategies such as educated guessing, looking for clues, eliminating wrong answers, or estimating. Doing this can give students more confidence on test day, especially after a summer away from the classroom.