Sunday, April 1, 2012

No Stressin' on Testin'

Do your children love to take tests? Do your children get totally stressed out when they test? I guess most of my children are somewhere in between. They don't really get crazy stressed out, but they do get pretty nervous. Yet, I have tutored young men between the grades of 3rd to high school that actually get so nervous, especially math anxiety, that they fail every test. I am not even talking about high stakes testing. I am talking about regular weekly class tests.

When your child has an issue with testing stress you need to learn a few ways that you can help him/her find peace. First, tell them that this isn't the end of the world. Though their stress may compound with each test that they fail they may not be able to see this. In our homeschool, I have told my children that if they fail the test we can always retest. We can go back relearn the subject matter, and then retest on the material. No stress! Also make sure that when they are in the day of the test, that they are not rushed or stressed out about other issues. Even if they have been able to calm themselves about their test stress, other stresses may affect their ability to test well! Help them be as relaxed and prepared as possible!

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