With Spring Testing quickly approaching, the upcoming weeks are critical for getting students prepared. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, just take a deep breath and check out our six tips to keep Spring Testing Prep targeted and fun, using Stride Academy!
Tip #1: Stay Positive!
Testing isn’t exactly all about what you know. Self-esteem is actually a very big part of the testing procedure. It is important to encourage students and to let each of them know that they can be successful on exams. Be sure they know that you are there to help them prepare, and urge them to come to you with any testing questions or concerns.
Tip #2: Prepare Early and Sufficiently.
As we all know, nothing boosts confidence like knowing you have prepared yourself sufficiently. Remind students that the earlier they get started practicing (and the more they practice), the better they will feel going into testing days. Since Stride Academy is available anytime, they can practice whenever they like!
Tip #3: Make it Fun!
Both students and teachers can find themselves experiencing anxiety related to exams. Keep things light and fun by using Stride Academy for test practice! Start an automated Stride Academy Contest so your students will be compelled to practice more skills in order to compete with their peers for the high score!
Tip #4: Be Strategic.
Plan a practice test for your students using Quiz Builder, so you can assess skill weaknesses while there’s still time to address them. With Quiz Builder immediate score reports, there’s no reason you should have to guess where you need to focus instruction during the remaining weeks before testing. Quiz once, and then quiz again — and remember, teachers can now share quizzes with other classes.
Tip #5: Make a Test Run.
Time your practice test in Quiz Builder, so students get used to having a set time frame to work within. Anticipating the clock can be a major hindrance to test takers who are not accustomed to having to work efficiently.
Tip #6: Get Parents on Board!
Send home a letter to remind parents that high stakes testing is coming up. Include a Stride Academy Student Progress Report to show them the areas of weakness that still need some attention for their child. Help them understand that using Stride Academy from home after school can make a big impact on their test scores and their overall success this year — which is also an indication of how they will start out next school year. Don’t forget we have handy take-home sheets for parents available at www.LTSed.com/support!
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