It is hard to ignore the importance of a test in a child's life, whether it be in middle school or toward the end of high school. These tests often factor into their grades in a large way, making or breaking their semester in school.
Parents needs to work to prepare their students for a test in a way that textbooks and professors cannot. While it is important that you keep track of your study habits, you should support them in other ways as they prepare for a test.
Breaks at Night
Parents often push their kids to study as much as possible. They ask their children why they are not studying, even though they have just completed 4 hours of work. As a parent, you should understand the importance of taking breaks to allow the mind to refresh. Offer up snack breaks or talking breaks at night to help clear your child’s mind before a test.
A Calm Study Area
We often need calm, clean study areas to get in our best studying. Try to prepare this area for your child outside of their bedroom. Clean up a home office or give them a guest room that they can do work in. This will make their studying more efficient.
A Strong Breakfast
A hearty, healthy breakfast is a good way to get the mind going early and to keep energy during the day. Give your child a special breakfast the morning of a test to give them the extra boost and support that they need.
Take note of your child's hard work after their test. Before they even get the test grade, take them out for some coffee or out to a movie. Small rewards will help to relieve the stress that your child has just gone through and is a great way to show your support.