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TEST ANXIETY? WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP YOUR CHILD
A lot of people experienced some kind of anxiety before or during a test. A Little nervousness before a test may be completely normal, but too much anxiety before a test may block the ability to remember, comprehend and perform about studied or memorized material.
There are several tips that you can use to prepare you and your child to greatly ease the tension that produces anxiety
TIME: It takes time to build up confidence, it is very important to start very early teaching your child to study properly.
BE PREPARED: Make sure your child has studied, done his homework. If your child did not study before a test, there is nothing that you can do now about his feeling of anxiety.
PRACTICE: Sit down with your child and practice taking different kind of tests. The more you practice with your child, the easily will be for your child to feel comfortable about taking tests.
RELAX: Teach your child to breathe deeply, to concentrate on their breathing to feel relax during a test.
FOCUS: Teach your child to focus on the positive and don’t focus on what could go wrong.
VISUALIZE: Teach your child to visualize on success and to avoid thoughts that produce self-doubt.
ASK FOR HELP: If nothing is working and the level of anxiety is severe. Ask for help, a teacher, the guidance counselor, a tutor and a Professional Mental Health Provider can help your child to overcome the anxiety.
The night before the test it is very important for your child to get plenty of rest and sleep. The day of the test your child needs a healthy breakfast, his brain needs food for proper performance, never let your child take a test on an empty stomach.