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5 Steps to Ace a Math Test

Mar 27, 2018

When it comes to studying for math tests, your child may struggle, lose motivation, or get frustrated easily. As a parent or guardian, it can be difficult to find a solution to your child's challenges. Math is similar to any other sport or subject, however, as it takes practice to improve upon the skill. Once your child follows these five simple steps, you can guarantee he or she will be confident going into his or her next exam. 

 

1) Complete All Homework
Homework is assigned as practice for the big test, just as soccer practice is to prep for the big game. If your child struggles with finding the motivation to complete homework, consider rewarding him or her with a favorite show or game once the assignment is complete. If teachers didn't assign homework, it would be difficult for students to pass a test on information they did not actively process. 

2) Ask for Help
Encourage your child to ask for help when he or she feels confused or behind. Tell your child it is okay to have questions, and that speaking up (and listening to the response!) will help bring them up to speed. In addition, since math topics build upon themselves and eventually lead into Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, etc., the sooner your child feels comfortable asking for help the better.

3) Study 4-7 Days in Advance
While students often feel like it is impossible to study for math exams, this is simply not true! Just like a language, math has patterns and common scenarios that will most likely show up your child's exam. Students should begin reviewing notes and practice problems 4-7 days prior to an exam to increase their chances in acing a test.

4) Sleep
With after school activities and balancing other subjects, students often do not get enough sleep. Promote a balanced schedule for your child, so that he or she knows the importance of playing hard and working hard, but also getting enough sleep. This is especially important the night before a test! Encourage early shut-eye prior to big exams. 

5) Eat a good breakfast
It's hard to focus on an empty stomach or an overly sugary breakfast. Be sure your child walks out the door with a full stomach of protein-rich foods such as oatmeal, eggs, or yogurt. 

 

Remember--Mathnasium can support students with their math problems in a method that works for them. Contact us today to learn more!