It’s that time of year again, where Spring Break is bliss and end-of-year exams loom heavily over the heads of 10th and 11th graders and their parents. Even if you are a relaxed parent by nature, it can be hard not to become anxious when your child is about to take exams that can affect his or her final grades in addition to the AP, ACT, SAT and SAT Subject test scores that will be part of his or her college application package.
The best way to help your child through this is by ensuring the availability of the support your child needs to feel prepared and confident going into his or her exams. This can mean planning extra time on campus to take advantage of teacher’s advisory periods or after-school hours, or peer tutoring sessions typically offered before school, at lunchtime, or after school.
Helping your child can also mean planning time to go over flash cards, chapter review questions, and test prep books together. If you feel your child would benefit from even more support, then you can arrange for a content-expert or test prep specialist to coach your child for one or more sessions as the test dates come closer.
The more your child is able to review and practice answering questions in the format that will be used on the test, the better he or she will perform the day of. Our primary job is to help our children carve out the time they need to prepare themselves. And if our children need help to prepare, then we need to arrange for or provide that help – whether it’s helping them access the resources available to them at school, hiring an expert tutor, or by lending a hand and a few hours to give your child the chance to practice demonstrating what he or she knows.
Franklin works with several content-area experts and test prep specialists who are available in the evenings and on the weekends. If you would like to discuss how we can help your child, please call 310.571.1176 or email FranklinServices@FranklinEd.com.
Rachel Fisher, MA