Students are giving themselves a great advantage with prep courses for SSAT and ISEE exams. Getting a thorough review and expert instruction on how to answer questions helps them to not only score higher on their test, but also get through the process more confidently and with lower stress levels.
The techniques and insight that prep courses provide give students a mental boost because they know that they are ready. In addition, practice tests can also provide many benefits. Use these tips to increase the value of practice tests and questions, helping to lock in knowledge and strategies!
When your child completes practice questions, they can note which answers they are having more trouble with and which may benefit from additional study. If a particular type of question is often showing up as incorrect, your child can review that area to brush up for their test. Practice tests offer a great indicator of which areas need more attention and which are stronger and require less review. This can also help boost your child’s confidence, as they see the areas in which they are excelling, helping them stay positive while working on their weaker subjects.
When your child is able to see their strengths and weaker areas through the questions in their ISEE or SSAT test prep, they might feel more in control. If they are constantly wondering how things will go, it can be tougher to approach the process with confidence. Identifying specific goals is useful to keep them engaged and focused.
Distractions like siblings, pets, noise, or other interruptions don’t give your child the optimal environment for focusing on their work. Just like in the real exam, your child should do their practice questions in a quiet place where there aren’t other things going on around them.
It’s also good advice not to write practice questions in an environment that is too comfortable, like a couch or bed. If they can be alone at a desk, in a quiet room or local library, your child will be able to keep their eyes on their work and zero in on giving the best answers they can.
This is also preparation for focusing on the day of the exam. The easier it is for a student to focus when writing a test, the better they are able to show what they know and give a 100% effort. This lets them put their best foot forward when applying to schools and shows the best version of themselves.
It helps with long-term memory to do practice questions multiple times, spread out over a longer study period. SSAT and ISEE exam prep courses are held over 8-week terms and 16-week sessions, giving ample time for students to retain what they’ve learned. Similarly, if you and your child work on practice tests or questions together, it’s best to distribute these study sessions out over the time period before the exam.
Not only does this help them store information, but it also normalizes the act of answering test questions and can progressively make them feel more comfortable. When they write their test, they will feel like pros at answering test questions, with a handle on what to expect. This makes for a successful exam writing experience that can help your child achieve their goals.
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