Two Weeks -One Week Before Exams:
- Encourage your child to talk to his or her teacher about content and format of exams. Will the exam come from old tests? Will a study guide be provided? Will there be an essay? Will the test include fill-in-the blank, true/false, matching or a combination of these? Will the teacher emphasize overall themes or specific details? Knowing these answers will help your child study in a way that reflects the way he or she will be tested. If your child struggles when talking to teachers, you can help them create a checklist to use when talking to teachers.
- Begin Gathering Materials Now! You do not want to wait until the night before to realize you are missing key study materials.
- Go through backpacks, binders, lockers, desks, and books to find loose papers, old tests, important notes and worksheets.
- Make copies of any missing papers
- Make sure all important documents are CORRECTED!
- Create an Exam Binder with a section for each class, so that you will have a central location for all of your study materials. Each section should have the following:
- Review materials provided by teacher
- Old tests/quizzes (corrected!!)
- Important handouts/notes/worksheets
- Any practice tests/flashcards/study guides used during semester
- Create a Study Schedule
- Prioritize your time…study the material from earlier in the year or the most difficult concepts first and then review them again later
- Study in Manageable Chunks of Time. Studying smaller amounts of material in smaller increments of time (20-30 min) can be more effective than sitting down for several hours with a big stack of papers
- Block out time to move, eat, relax…put it on your study schedule