Get Creative with Flash Cards
They've been around forever, and there's a reason for that. But don't purchase pre-made packs for your kid—he'll reap more benefits if he creates his own. "Our memory function works by seeing something and then actively doing an action to help us remember it by," Brondo says. Flash cards work for virtually every subject—math equations, science concepts or vocabulary words for English and foreign languages. One side of the card should state the word or problem and the other side should include the definition or explanation. For example, one side of a geometry card could say, "Area of a triangle" and the other side would say, "A = (1/2) x Base x Height."
Let Your Child Teach You
"I like having kids explain concepts to their parents because it boosts their confidence," Brondo says. When a student is able to explain something, it shows that he knows the whys and hows of that topic rather than just memorizing facts. By voicing their thought processes, students better understand what they're studying and improve communication skills. That's a win-win combo.
Give Anxiety the Okay
Does your kid get pre-test jitters? Let him know that's fine! "If a child is too relaxed, she can't actively think about how to solve the problem," says Gary Gruber, Ph.D., author of Gruber's Essential Guide to Test Taking: Grades 6-9. "For most children, as long as they know they have prepared for the exam, the anxiety will translate to energy and they'll be more alert and ready."
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