First, institute a no-cramming rule. Cramming is an ineffective studying strategy. People who cram tend to do worse on tests, retain less information in the long run, and are more anxious during test time. This is especially true when they lose sleep during a cram session. Studying a little bit every day will ensure the information studied is stored in your child’s long term memory, which is more reliable than short-term memory.
Use practice tests
Creating practice tests or test-like scenarios is a great way to study, and will help reduce anxiety on test day. Anything from an actual practice test to quizzing your child on their notes will help. Practice testing is a great way for parents to get involved in the studying process. As a result, you can see which areas your child needs to work on and which they already have mastered. Having you holding them accountable for studying can also give them a small taste of test anxiety – not such a bad thing. If they get used to the feeling, they might not feel overwhelmed on test day.