Whether you are a homeschooler or not, you will find yourself giving (or your child taking) a math test. While some homeschooling parents opt out of giving their children tests, for others, it’s may just be a part of their style.
If math is not your child’s strong suit, consider these six tips for helping them prepare for their next test.
Try not to miss lessons.
It is important to make sure your child does not miss any lessons, unless they have no choice. In the event that a missed lesson happens, consider scheduling in a make-up day.
This is where the benefits of schooling four days a week with having a makeup (5th day) comes in handy. Some parents have even commended the year-round approach as a way of helping with relieve the pressures of “cramming it all in.” There’s also the “unit study” approach to consider.
Create a schedule.
Creating a schedule comes in handy especially for consistency purposes. This will help you (and your child) stay disciplined and organized, ensuring that time building up to their test is being used wisely.
You may find it much easier to study all of the necessary topics if you have a structured plan in place. However, don’t be too hard on your child – they need to have breaks. It is a good idea to ensure they have time each week where they do not study at all.
Overworking your child can end with negative effects, and they may not be able to remember things. An academically stressed child may struggle to think clearly on test day.
It is also important to stay positive. If you are positive and relaxed, your child is more likely to feel this way too. Make sure that your child understands the importance and meaning of tests, but they are by no means life or death.
A good rule of thumb is for us parents to also remember that even if our child is showing that they may not be so good at taking “tests;” there are other avenues to check their retention levels. This helps both you and your child to not get worried or place too much pressure on yourselves.
Past papers are a good way to review concepts that your child will be tested on. I have found that the notebooking method works wonders for this. Before quizzing or testing my son on concepts previously taught, he can review with his math notebook.
Not to mention, keeping up with a few past papers is good for homeschool record keeping.
Helping your child set clear goals will help give them something to look forward to. Setting goals isn’t always easy, especially for math, but keeping it clear and concise is a start.
For example, you could say, ‘by the end of these four lessons you will know how to figure out the area of shapes.’ Also, consider helping your child set goal dates by establishing a start time and a finish time.
Then, stick to it.
The good from the bad.
Finally, children can easily be influenced by other children who say they are not studying much. You, mom, may also feel pulled into the comparison game with what other parents are choosing to do – or not do.
Nevertheless, don’t forget why you are homeschooling and that it’s always best to homeschool YOUR way! You know what is good for your family, and what doesn’t work.
Hopefully, you now feel more prepared when it comes to helping your child get ready for their next math test (or any test for that matter).
CHIME IN: What are some ways you help your child prepare for a math (or any) test? Let me know in the comments below.