Test anxiety is common in both children and adults. It’s important to teach young children how to prepare themselves for the tests they take so that their anxiety reduces over time. This allows them to be better prepared for the test and less worried about the outcome. Positive habits that are taught in the lower grades will follow them through the rest of their lives, allowing them to face stressful situations with grace and composure.
Here are a few tips to help your child overcome test anxiety:
Effective Study Habits
Encourage your child to go over the test material in their spare time before they have to think about taking the test. This eliminates the frustration caused by cramming the night before.
Eliminate negative and encourage positive thinking. On the morning of a test, make their favorite breakfast and create a positive atmosphere. Encourage your child to focus on the positive. Replace “I can’t” with “I can!”
Put the Test in Perspective
A test is only a small portion of your child’s grade. Make sure they understand that, while it’s important to get the best grade possible, they will have other chances to improve their grades. While tests are important, they are only a measure of what your child has learned. Encourage your child to look at the test as a way of letting them know what they need to focus on during class.
Teach Behavioral Relaxation Techniques
Children can do a lot to relax themselves prior to taking a test. Breathing techniques and having a set of routine in place will allow them to relax and focus more efficiently.
Create a Testing Routine
Create a testing routine that includes a checklist of the things they might need (scratch paper, pencil, ruler, etc.) and something they enjoy doing to help them relax. Start the morning of the test with a good breakfast and a positive reassurance to do their very best.
Also Read: Concentration Building Tips for Preschoolers
Reducing test anxiety in young children is important so that they don’t continue to feed into it as they age.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.