Many students do prepare well in advance, obtain a very high score in the practice tests, but fail to perform on the actual test day. This is one of the most common grievances of the parents that approach Miles Smart Tutoring Classes. The problem that the students face is, they don’t know where they went wrong and what takes to be a good test-taker. This is why test-taking is many times considered as a skill in itself apart from the actual content of the test. So, finally, the question appears, how can you help your child in building these significant test-taking skills? While there’s no magic trick involved in it, but there are some ways to improve your child’s test-taking skills.
Here are the tips on How to become a better test taker
Take careful note of the test format
Whether it be any form of examination, it’s always important to get acquainted with the test format in advance. A proper understanding of the test-format saves a lot of time in the actual examination. For example, many students struggle to get acquainted with the format of the questions asked in the exam during the initial hours of the exam and waste their precious time during the test in just noting down the question format, which ultimately hampers their scores. Simply reviewing some sample question papers during the preparation journey can help these students to improve their performance in leaps and bounds.
Get away with the test-anxiety
Test anxiety can prove to be quite dangerous for every test taker and hampers his/her performance to a great extent. So, if your child also freezes up as soon as the test starts, you should focus all your attention on helping him/her learn some basic relaxation techniques. This technique can be anything that works for your child—for example, closing eyes for a couple of seconds while taking a deep breath or singing a song in mind or imagining a dream holiday destination. However, there are some very good meditation techniques available over the internet; we also provide some easy meditation tips to ease-out students who get enrolled with us. The point is simple, adopt any technique which calms your child down and can get him/her past the first few throws of test anxiety. Because, if he/she keeps calm during the initial minutes of the test, he/she can nail the examination as the timer progresses.
Practice with a timer
Another important aspect with which many students struggle is time management. This is the reason why we at Miles Smart Tutoring always recommend our students to use a timer during the practice sessions. We have especially provided a timed function to give our students additional support, but apart from that, if your child is practicing on his/her own at home using pen-and-paper, he/she should always set a timer while practicing. This will give your child an idea of the restricted time limit of the actual examination, which in itself can be a source of stress for many test-takers.
Prepare in the Right Environment
This is the most common piece of advice given by everyone, however, it's not just restricted to the test-taking scenario— even the scientists conduct hundreds of practice tests on a pilot sample in similar conditions before performing the final experiment. So, it’s important for your child to practice in as similar environment as possible before appearing in the actual exam.
This includes practicing in a correct posture on a table or desk in a calm environment with minimum possible distractions. Because, many students prefer to study while lying in bed with some background music, but this is not the actual environment during the actual examination, and this results in hampering their performance as they have never felt the examination pressure during the practice sessions. So, you should ensure that the environment during the practice sessions should be as similar as possible to what they’ll see on test day.
Practice, Practice and more Practice
While there’s not a single trick to identify what is actually stopping your child to perform on the D-day, the best way to know this is steady practice. This means taking full practice tests multiple times, in addition to the review sessions of the different subjects. There are many advantages of taking lots of practice tests, you don’t have to review your course material again and again because you get very familiar with your course content as well as the test format while giving so many practice tests. Moreover, your child will ultimately figure out what’s hampering his/her performance after analyzing his/her performance after every practice session and then you can help him/her out accordingly. So on the actual test day, your child will be walking into something familiar, and test anxiety and performance pressure is less likely to set in.
Some Key Takeaways
We discussed some of the test taking strategies that can help your child to become a better test taker. We hope that you must have learned something new from this article.We at Miles Smart Tutoring Services believe that while being a “bad test-taker” is often a reason of stress for many parents, however some customized techniques to relieve the test anxiety and performance pressure can help any student to improve. So, if you feel that your child is also facing some test taking issues, we ensure you that we will be working on him/her to identify the actual reason behind the issue and accordingly will help him/her out to ace any examination in the very first attempt. Do you want expert tutoring? Consult one-on-one tutoring services for expert guidance for your test prep.