Midterms and Finals: Free Strategies and Handouts for Success

For many
students, midterms are right around the corner, and learning how to plan for these
comprehensive exams can be key to helping them manage test anxiety and achieve the
desired grades.
What Can Teachers Do to Help Prepare
Students for Midterms and Finals?
     1.     Throughout the Term Encourage
Your Students to Create a “Test Preparation Portfolio”:
·     
Help your students to create
test preparation materials weekly from homework, classwork, notes, handouts and
textbooks. 
·     
Provide
the opportunity for your students to ask questions about prior class content
that creates confusion when they are preparing their portfolio.
·     
Evaluate
each student’s test preparation materials and make recommendations.
     2.    
Communicate
with Your Students About Upcoming Exams:
·     
Inform
your students about the exams well in advance and provide a study guide.
·     
Inspire
your students to organize their materials. 
Evaluate their approach and offer recommendations.
·     
Encourage
your students to create materials such as two column study sheets, index cards,
sets on Quizlet and so forth.  Again, evaluate their resources and offer
recommendations.
     3.     Help
Your Students Estimate the Time Needed to Fully Prepare for Exams:
·     
Urge
your students to come up with the total time they think it will take to prepare
for the test.
·     
Encourage
your students to create a study schedule that designates reasonable time
commitments over a period of time.
     4.     Teach
Your Students to Use Memory Strategies:
·     
Show your students how to use acronyms to encode and retrieve information.
·     
Instruct
your students on acrostics.
·     
Inform
your students how to use images and mental imagery to enhance memory.
·     
Teach
your students how to use hooking strategies. 
·     
For
an in-depth look at memory strategies CLICK HERE.
     5.     Help
Your Students Determine Whether Working With Others or Working Alone is Best for Them and Encourage All Your Students to Share their Finished Test Preparation Materials:
·     
Teach
your students that some individuals do better when they work independently, while others
thrive when collaborating with peers, parents and teachers.
·     
Encourage
students to share their preference to work independently or in groups and
support their choice. 
·     
Help
students, that are empowered by interactions, to form study groups.
·      Allow your students to use some class time to prepare for tests so that you can assist study groups as well as those that choose to work independently.
·     
Encourage
your students to share their ideas, memory strategies and other test
preparation creations with the rest of the class.
     6.     Offer
Strategies that Students Can Implement Once They have Finished Studying:
·     
Teach
your students how to manage stress through deep breathing, stretching, and
mindfulness practices such as meditation.
·     
Urge
your students to get a good night’s sleep before the exam.
·     
Suggest
to your students that they should eat a well-balanced and healthy breakfast the
morning of the exam. 
·     
Encourage
your students to think positively about the test and to visualize their own
success. 
To get a free downloadable copy of the two images at the top of this blog CLICK HERE.
To learn more about test preparation
strategies as well as other helpful learning tools, consider
purchasing Planning Time
Management and Organization for Success
.  This publication
offers methods and materials that guide, and support students in the areas
of learning strategies, time management, planning and organization
(executive functioning skills).  It includes agendas, questionnaires,
checklists, as well as graphic organizers.  You will also find advice
and handouts for reading, math, memory, motivation, setting priorities and
incentives programs.  These materials were created over a ten-year
period for my private practice.  What’s more, the materials
accommodate learners of all ages from elementary to
college.  Finally, I offer a free sample assessment from the publication
too, as well as a free video on executive functioning.  To
Access this Click Here

Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  

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