Tips for surviving midterms
The holidays are long over and it’s time for kids to hunker down and study for midterms. This can be overwhelming for some students, especially if they are struggling in a particular course. Whether you have an A student or average, it’s equally important to be prepared. Here are some tips to stay focused and make the most of prep time and (hopefully) performance.
First and foremost, do NOT let your child procrastinate. There’s only so much information he or she can recall on short notice, so be sure to allow ample time prior to the test.
Find a distraction-free space for studying. Clear away the clutter and organize books and related materials to help your child focus.
Ask your child to explain the subject matter to you. If they take time to process the information and put it into their own words, they will have improved comprehension and memory.
Make sure kids are properly hydrated and well fed. The proper fuel, including plenty of water and healthy snacks, will keep the brain moving and the child alert.
Whenever possible, take practice tests. If the teacher hasn’t provided any, look online to see if you can find one. This is especially helpful with mathematics.
Include a little play time with the study time. It’s important to take regular breaks and encourage your child to get up and move around and stimulate the body.
Encourage kids to get their stuff ready the night before, including clothing, school supplies and anything else needed on test day. Charge calculators if necessary and set the alarm a little bit earlier to be prepared for any surprises.