We've all heard our children stressing out over upcoming tests and exams. They can be cranky, busied, and sometimes just plain mean. Some of the things they do to prepare for a test are counterproductive: Staying up all night and foregoing meals are not good ways to prepare for an exam.
- Lack of sleep is bad for the brain. According to an article in WebMD, it affects your critical thinking and problem solving abilities.
- Missing breakfast is also a mistake before a big test. Having a blood sugar drop, also known as hypoglycemia, can cause irritability and problems with concentration. It is not wise to prepare for an exam on an empty stomach either.
A variety of environmental factors during a test can also be a problem. Remind your child that everyone has problems taking tests from time to time, but there are ways cope. For sound distractions, earplugs are helpful. For temperature issues, make sure your child dresses comfortably and accordingly -maybe bringing along a sweatshirt. Bright lights can also be a problem for some, but tinted glasses might help.
Sometimes the biggest problem is the fear of taking a test. While they prepare for an exam, assure your child that world will not end if they do not do well. Tests show us where we need to improve, and mistakes are opportunities for learning.