Parents, do you know the best way to help your child study for a big test?

We are currently in the second half of the school year.  It is very important that children complete this school year feeling confident and successful!-Champion Parenting, Inc.

In my last blog, I discussed what teachers wished parents knew regarding homework.  In this blog, I thought it was worthwhile to restate the best study tips WSJ compiled from a growing body of researchers.

  • Review the toughest material right before going to bed. Researchers and educators as well, have noted that sleep plays an important role in test performance. By reviewing the toughest material right before going to sleep this consolidates the information in your memory.  This approach makes it easier to recall the material later.  A common study habit the all nighter- is a bad idea.  According to the latest research, 60% of college students stay up all night at some point in school.  With this type of practice studies have proven that it lowers grades, impairs reasoning and memory for as long as four days.
  • Turn off the music, text messages, TV and email. Distractions make you less likely to remember material you are studying.  According to research conducted, many students feel that music or sounds make them feel more relaxed.  However, this is not the case.  It has been proven, information received amid distractions is less likely to be recalled later.
  • Test yourself repeatedly.  Students remember more when they force themselves to retrieve concepts (not facts) repeatedly than when they simply re-read the textbook or their notes. By taking practice or pretests this helps students to not only learn to master the material, but helps with test-taking skills, pacing, staying focused and remaining confident.
  • Eat oatmeal for breakfast. Everyone knows you should eat breakfast the day of a big test. However, a balanced, high-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting diet provides a sustained flow of glucose to the brain. Oatmeal is a good example that is recommended to eat for breakfast. According to a clinical researcher at the University of Oxford, it has been proven that a well-balanced diet that included fruits and vegetables will sustain the student even as much as a week in advance. Reason is, the brain requires a constant supply of energy and has a limited backup battery. 

Now you have the latest research on how you can help your child study.  Just remember  like with all successful actions, they require preparation, practice, and perseverance!

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About authoraliceiorio

A nationally known educator, with over 20 years of teaching experience (preschool- college) is President and founder of Champion Parenting, Inc., a nonprofit.
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