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Help Ease A Child's Test Anxiety: The Parent Role
Sponsored by Kumon Math & Reading Centers


October 27, 2010

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Sweaty palms, accelerated heart rate, and nausea are all common symptoms among students who suffer from test anxiety. The anxiety some students experience before an exam is so strong that it can lead to poor performance and disrupt their ability to learn.

Parents play an important role in helping their child ease test-taking anxiety by providing support, encouragement and a positive learning environment.

Dr. Mary Mokris, education specialist for Kumon Math and Reading Centers, offers the following tips for parents to help children relax and approach exams with confidence:

  • Encourage your children to space out their studying and additional assignments so they won't be forced to cram the night before the test. Daily practice is the key to mastering a subject. 

  • Provide a quiet, well-lit area with little distractions to help your child focus and study efficiently. 

  • Practice with your child to ensure comprehension and mastery of the concepts being tested. If your child doesn't understand a topic, seeing it on a test will increase anxiety. 

  • Encourage your child to do well, but don't add pressure or negative consequences tied to test results. It's important your child knows you'll be proud and offer support regardless of the outcome. 

  • Keep a positive attitude about tests. Test taking is a part of life, and the sooner a child can master the experience of testing the easier the process will become. 

  • Mark down test days on the calendar together so you and your child are aware of testing dates and can plan ahead. 

  • Make sure your child gets enough sleep the night before the test. Feeling alert and rested will help her performance.

  • Remember, easing test anxiety is a process and there is no quick fix. Be patient with your child and help him or her gain the skills needed to overcome this challenge. Doing well on a test is important, but not as important as helping your child gain confidence, life skills and character.

    For more tips and information visit www.kumon.com or call 800 ABC-MATH.

    About Kumon Math and Reading Centers
    Kumon [Koo-mon] is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children so they can achieve more on their own. Founded in Japan in 1958, the learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills. Kumon has 26,000 centers in 46 countries and more than four million students studying worldwide.  The company's North American headquarters is in Teaneck, New Jersey. Visit www.kumon.com to learn more.


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