Helping Kids Cope with ACT/SAT Stress
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Are you looking for ways to help your son or daughter handle the stress of upcoming ACT/SAT tests? Here are five common sense suggestions:
- Practice visualization. On the day of the test, visualize your morning routine, commuting to the test, taking it, and succeeding. The process of "seeing" yourself will help make the day feel more routine.
- Do deep breathing. When you're sitting in the classroom waiting for exams to be distributed, take a few moments and breathe slowly through the nose. During the test, if you feel stressed, return to that deep breathing. It will help calm your mind and allow you to focus on the task at hand.
- Feel confident. Feel confident in your abilities and the hard work you've put into preparing. Trust your instincts and avoid self-doubt.
- Schedule something fun for after the test. This will enable you to look forward to the day of the exam and not focus solely on the test.
- Prepare everything for test day the night before. Get your clothes ready, put fresh batteries in your calculator and make sure you have pens and pencils handy. Have some snacks (like almonds) packed in a bag ready to go. Make sure to have your transportation to the test all set too!
Source: Alan Cashdollar, Director of Education at Mentored, an online business offering tutoring services to students and parent.