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11/09/2017
Does your child cringe at the thought of taking a test even if they know the subject well? This article has some tips for you to share with them on the very subject. When it comes to tests and exams, it’s fair to say that students don’t enjoy the task. While you might think that this only applies to students who aren’t confident in their abilities, even students who are certain they will pass the exam can be a nervous wreck in the lead up.

Help Your Student Take Their Exams More Effectively

If this sounds like a student in your home, The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA has some tips below to share with your child.

Study

Here is an all too common situation:
  • Your teacher tells you that you have a small exam at the end of the week. It won’t necessarily affect your grade; the teacher is just looking to gauge their students’ level of understanding.
  • You’re interested in the subject, but given that it’s just a small exam you don’t bother studying. After all, you have a good understanding of the subject.
  • The results are handed back and you achieved a C, maybe even a B. Either way, it isn’t important, right?
Wrong! While it can seem like not bothering to study had no impact, let’s continue.
  • The teacher is approached by an external learning center who is looking for interested and knowledgable students to take advantage of a learning opportunity which will look great on a college application.
  • The teacher not only considers the exam results but also how much each student tried.
As you can likely guess, the teacher isn’t going to choose the student who didn’t seem to apply themselves and only got a C. While this obviously isn’t going to happen each time you have an exam, it’s important to remember that situations like this could happen. For this reason, consider each exam, no matter how small or big, to be an opportunity to show off your knowledge on the subject. With this in your mind, don't ignore the advise to study! Don’t just think that it’s a small exam or that you know most of the information. Instead, show each exam the respect it deserves by studying.

What Will You Need?

There will be a number of items that you will need to bring to the exam. This could be something as simple as a pen or even the right type of pencil and a selection of colored markers. The night before your exam, sit down at the kitchen table and emulate the test. Think about what you will need to complete each section thoroughly, for example, remembering protractors and rulers to help you draw diagrams. Once you have your list, pack these items into a separate small case to take with you the next day. As you leave the house in the morning, be sure to give it another check. One-to-one tutoring in Santa Clara, CA is not only a great way to prepare for an exam but the best way to correct any learning deviations or help your student with a particular subject they just can’t seem to grasp. Speak with The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA today by calling (408) 816-7825 to find out more about how one-to-one tutoring can help your child reach their learning potential.

What's Your Name?

While you might think that this is a strange tip to include on the list, don’t be the student who studies hard and performs well during an exam only to lose the mark they worked hard for simply because they forgot to include their name on the exam paper. As soon as the assessor or the teacher tells you that you may start the exam, be sure to write your name along with any other information the exam asks for.

Manage Your Time Well

Each exam comes with a finite amount of time to complete it, so it’s important that you make the most of the time you have available. Start by looking through the questions to identify any sections or subjects which you are confident that you can complete correctly and relatively quickly. Answering the easy questions first is not only a good way to maximize the points you can achieve but can also work to get your brain in exam mode, easing you into the test. Once you have finished these, look for more complex questions which will pose a challenge, but also offer a higher point value.

Review

How sure are you that your tired brain and your exhausted hand worked cooperatively throughout your entire exam and wrote all of the answers correctly? 99% sure? 98...maybe even 80? The truth is, there is no way that you can know unless you go back and review each answer. Set aside some time at the end of your exam to review the answers you were able to provide. Something as simple as your brain thinking about the next question while your hand is still furiously scribbling can cause you to submit incorrect answers.

One-To-One Tutoring in Santa Clara, CA Works!

Whether it’s to prepare for an upcoming exam or to address a learning challenge, tutoring in Santa Clara, CA can help. Speak with a learning professional at The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA today by calling (408) 816-7825 to learn more and to book your free initial diagnostic consultation.

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