Exams can be stressful, but they don’t have to be. It is normal for kids to feel anxious about important assessments.
There are lots of ways to prepare for exams and reduce anxious and nervous feelings. One of the best ways to prepare for an assessment is to use practise tests.
I think practice tests are a fantastic tool for exam prep - read on to find out why and how you can use them.
Identify Areas of Weakness
Practise tests are a fabulous way to discover what your kids understand, and what they need to work on. When they complete a practise test for the first time, you can easily see the areas they need to improve in.
When you know which areas to improve in you can target these areas in their study. Not only does this make studying for exams more efficient but it also saves time. There is no point reviewing information or skills that they have already mastered.
Practise Builds Confidence
Practise tests are a great way to prepare for any kind of assessment. They help to get the student more familiar with the test. What it looks like, the format, the types of questions, and any time constraints.
Being familiar with the test reduces anxiety as the person knows what to expect and how to tackle it. Combining practise tests, with exam techniques is a surefire way to ace any formal assessment.
Practise tests allow students to improve their test-taking skills. Especially time management. Timed tests are common. Getting comfortable with taking the test within time limits, allows students to allocate enough time to each section of the exam and helps them to make sure they have enough time to answer all the questions.
Improves Knowledge of the Content
Practise tests are the best way to study because it allows students to apply the knowledge they’ve already learned. Practising answering questions enhances their retention of the material. When they come across difficult questions, they are more likely to remember the information when faced with a similar problem. This improves their performance in exams and reduces test anxiety.
Reduces Test Anxiety
Everyone feels anxious when taking a test, it is just human nature. By doing practise tests, students feel more confident and prepared to sit the exam because they know what to expect.
So there you have it! If you're looking to improve your exam preparation and reduce your stress levels, practice tests are a must. Give them a try and see the difference they can make.
Wise Owl Tuition offers specific OLNA preparation tuition to help support students who are preparing to take the OLNA test. If you’d like to book a call to discuss how we can support your child and get them ready and confident to excel in OLNA you can book a FREE discovery call here.
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