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Testing, Testing

As the school year winds down, many children will experience feelings of uneasiness. If your child suffers with test anxiety, here are a few tricks of the trade to help before any big exam.

  • Ensure that your child reviews their notes and course materials a little each day. Cramming information into one lengthy study session never works; except to put everyone on edge, including the supportive family members!
  • After reviewing the questions the night before the test, have the student take a relaxing bath or listen to soothing music prior to going to sleep. In addition, be sure that the child gets at least eight or nine hours of uninterrupted sleep. This will allow the brain to be clearer in the morning.
  • Prepare a whole-foods breakfast, complete with a serving of protein. Include whole grains and fiber that helps properly fuel the child’s body after a good night’s rest.
  • To ease the child’s mind, simply review the prepared note cards right before the bus arrives or during the carpool to school. This will alleviate doubts or stressors that the child might be having the day of the exam. Then, listen to upbeat music and favorite tunes with your child. That will keep them pumped up and confident throughout the day!
  • After your child returns home share words of encouragement that support both the child’s progress and their attitude towards test taking. Eventually, the routine of such a study regime will become a habit that will serve the child into adulthood!

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