Final Exams: Break Glass, Pull Handle, or, How to Help Your High School Student

Last Updated: May 29, 2013 11:14:00 AM

It’s crunch time in Florida. Exams imminent. Here are some suggestions about simple actions you can take to help right now:

1. Don’t ask your child if he has studied. Instead, use these words: “Have you studied what you don’t know?”

Explain that by reviewing what he knows, a student may waste valuable time that could be better spent in review of what he doesn’t know well. If you’re suggesting a way to save time and energy when preparing for an important test, your child may sit up and take note. Many students have study guides from their teachers which provide a checklist to help your student when you ask, “What don’t you know well enough for the exam?” Notes or flashcards that the student creates at this time may never have more power or value!

2. Promote group study.

Working with others can be very helpful. Students are often pretty good at explaining to one another the concepts that are going to appear on exams. For example, if the final exam is going to cover 12 chapters and there are 4 students working together in a group, each student can be responsible for explain three chapters to the others – and sharing the outline he prepared in order to make his presentation. By teaching out loud to one another, students employ another of the five senses. Now that’s reinforcement! Some out-of-the-oven snacks may help, too!

3. Apps Online.

The web is a bottomless source of exam prep. Crash Course! offers humorous videos on all manner of school subjects. There are also websites like Quizlet and Examtime that support preparation for tests. Got problems planning the final days and hours? Check out iProcrastinate to keep a student on track.

4. Study right before sleep.

Here’s the scoop: the first 3-4 hours of deep sleep following studying have a significant impact on information retention. There’s solid research to back this up, so share the good news with your teen. Your student will appreciate any advice that helps lighten the load. And this is a big one.

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