The end of the first nine weeks is quickly approaching, and with it come your student’s nine week exams. How can you tell if your student is ready, and if not, what can you do to help him prepare?
Your student’s success on the exams can be easily predicted by looking at his grades on tests, quizzes and homework assignments throughout the nine week grading period. With few exceptions, your student will tend to perform as he has been up to this point.
What can you do to give your student the best possible chance of a great grade on nine weeks’ exams?
1. Make sure that he works and reworks the problems on any study guides given by his teachers.
Also, make sure that your student is checking his answers against a key that the teacher issued. It does no good to practice bad habits, but infinite good to practice and repeat good ones.
2. Have your student approach his teacher for help in formulating a study plan.
If your student is sincere, his teacher is his best possible resource for study tips on how to best focus his efforts.
3. Have your student create – and write down- a study plan that specifies times and goals.
The more specific the plan, the better. Numerous studies point to the efficacy of specific, manageable, tangible goals in achieving success.
4. If necessary, contact a tutor to clear up any problems your student can’t work through on his own.
A tutor is most effective when your student has already attempted the study guide, and has identified his own problem areas. That way the tutoring session can be maximized to focus on trouble spots rather than what your student already knows.