In the days leading up to taking that all important ACT exam many teens can become stressed and anxious worrying about what will be on the ACT exam and what their score will be. So much can depend on the results of the ACT exam that even the most intellectually gifted teens can have doubts about their ability to do well. After all what ACT score a student receives can determine whether or not they get into the college of their choice.While some students seem to do well handling the added stress of preparing for and taking their ACT exam, there are some that have a hard time handling the stress. The added stress from worrying about their upcoming exam can result in changes in the teens mood and behavior. Fortunately there are five important ways that parents can help their teen do their best possible on the ACT exam and avoid any problematic behaviors or changes in mood that may arise.
Five Tips To Help Your Teen Prepare For The ACT Exam
1. Be Supportive
One of the most important things parents can do to help their teenager prepare for their upcoming ACT exam is to be supportive. Parents can do this by encouraging their child to talk about how their feeling about the ACT exam. In addition if teens have a large amount of household responsibilities parents should consider showing their support by lightening the load during the time their teenager is studying for their ACT test. Remember in addition to studying for their ACT exam students also have regular homework and classroom tests to prepare for.
2. Offer Encouragement
Parents should offer encouragement to teens who are struggling with ACT test preparation. A few encouraging words given at the right time can really help a stressed out teen. Teens need to know that their parents believe in their abilities and are their to help and encourage them.
3. Assist With ACT Exam Preparation
In order to support their teen with ACT exam preparations parents can assist them in finding resources that will help them become familiar with the ACT exam, learn what is expected and practice answering the types of questions asked on the ACT. There are many on line sites that can help with ACT preparation. The Act www.actstudent.org is one such site that provides free ACT preparation tips and even a booklet with practice tests including writing prompts for the essay portion of the test. In addition parents can also help their student prepare by signing them up for an ACT preparation class if one is offered in their area.
4. Making Sure They Take Care of Themselves
When teens are busy studying they often get so wrapped up in what they are doing that they forget to eat. Studies have shown that children with poor nutrition or who haven’t eaten prior to taking a test don’t do as well as they could have. Remind teens to take time out for meals and snacks during study sessions and make sure that the food they are eating is nutritious. In addition to eating properly its also important for students to be well rested before studying or taking an exam. To make sure your child is getting enough sleep while studying for their ACT exam establish a set lights out time and stick to it .
5 Cut Down on Distractions
During the time your teen is studying for their ACT exam parents should try and help their student stay focused by cutting down on distractions such as cell phones, television, family outings, friends dropping by and interruptions from siblings.Parents can help their teen set up an area that is quiet and away from the main area of the house to do their ACT preparation in.
By doing all they can to insure that their teen has all the emotional,physical and educational support they need while studying for their ACT exam parents can insure that their teen is at their best when exam day rolls around. Getting into a good college can be highly competitive and sometimes even a couple of points difference on a teens ACT exam can determine who gets in and who doesn’t
How To Help Kids Successfully Prepare For Final Exams written by Grace Chen