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Math Test-Taking Strategies to Boost Confidence
Sep 19, 2017
- Concept, understanding the methods needed to resolve specific problem types
- Comprehension, determining exactly what individual problems are asking students to do
- Calculation, solving the problem correctly without making errors or overlooking any critical details
To help students overcome Calculation difficulties beyond rote practice, which is more appropriate in this situation than the others, it's crucial to make sure a child's written work is neat and clear. Neat penmanship makes a huge difference in kids' ability to think clearly and follow their own good reasoning.
As the day of the test approaches, children should also take some common-sense steps that can be applied to all types of tests, Larry Martinek, chief instructional officer at Mathnasium notes. First, avoid last-minute cramming by learning to pace yourself and structuring a daily study plan. Make sure to eat a healthy, high-protein breakfast the morning of the exam. Then, in the testing room, STOP and close your eyes. Take a moment to inhale deeply. When you exhale, open your eyes and envision the test with an "I can do" mindset.
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