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Is your child suffering from test anxiety? It can be difficult to tell if your child has this problem. Kids that have test anxiety may get stomach aches, feel weak, or get headaches before and during tests. They might even get sick to their stomach right before the start of the test. If you notice these symptoms, sit down and talk with your child. She may tell you that taking tests makes her nervous. Thankfully, there are cures for test anxiety, but some cases are more difficult than others.

Keep the Conversation Open and Positive

Don’t make fun of them or embarrass them in any way. If your child was crying over not doing well on a test and you say something they take as making fun of them, it can make the situation worse. Let them know you want to help.

Be supportive. If your child is freaking out over a test, give her positive reinforcement. Tell your child that he can do great and help him try to calm down.

Make Sure Her Tutors Address Study Skills

Good tutors should help their students study more efficiently. Email your student’s tutor and ask him or her to respond with some of the study skills techniques they incorporate into the tutoring sessions. It can be difficult for some kids who have test-taking problems to focus when studying, but there are ways around this problem.

When students learn proper studying techniques, they learn more quickly and can absorb more information.  This has a hugely positive impact on their academic self-esteem which in turn helps eliminate a lot of the anxiety.   Turning to a tutor may be the best way to help your child get past the anxiety and start taking confident steps in their education.

Lafayette Academy is Here to Help Get Your Child Past Test Anxiety

Turn to the professionals here at Lafayette Academy today. We can help your child feel more confident before her next exam and overcome anxiety.

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