The major reason for testing is to clearly show students, teachers, and parents where the student is in his/her understanding and comprehension of the subject he/she is being tested on. Some students do well on homework and in-class assignments, but simply test badly. Test anxiety can be one of the causes of this situation. There are several methods of helping this type of anxiety.

First, studying should be done with no distractions other than music (on the radio). The brain needs to be engaged in the study mode, not texting friends, talking on a cell phone, eating a snack, or watching television.

In addition, you can improve a test store by simply improving test taking skills such as time management and critical thinking can improve test scores.

If a student simply doesn’t know the answer, go on to the next question. After answering several questions correctly, the student may have the confidence to go back to the question that was causing problems.

Critical thinking involves throwing out the answers that are obviously wrong and choosing the answer that appears to be most accurate. In some cases, this will be nothing more than an educated guess, but if the obviously wrong answers have been thrown out already the guess is more educated

Increasing their confidence in their skills is also helpful when they are just a bad test taker. Make sure they’ve studied for the test, make sure they have a good meal before the test, and make sure they get a good nights’ sleep the night before the test. A tired, hungry, unprepared student is a recipe for a bad test grade.

If the student is not doing well on homework, in-class assignments, AND tests, then perhaps a bad grade on a test should be used by teachers and parents as a tool to improve the understanding and comprehension of the material.

Tutoring may help when the student simply cannot grasp the foundations of the subjects. The school may suggest tutoring, and may even know of an older student that would like to tutor other students.

Parents can find tutors online or offline. A tutor can range from a consultant at a for-profit site like Sylvan Learning or Oxford Tutoring to a volunteer at a Boys’ and Girls’ Club and everywhere in between.

The business that hires the tutor is important but not the most important factor in choosing a tutor. Again, who pays him and how he is paid is important, but still is not really the most important factors in choosing a tutor.

The most important factor in choosing a successful tutoring is the interpersonal relationship between the tutor and the student. A rude, shaming, or impatient tutor will not motivate the student to do well.

A tutor needs to able to teach and motivate the students he tutors without shaming them relative to their skill level and/or trouble understanding the material. A good grasp of the skills is an important tutoring attribute, but patience and good teaching skills are the most important tutoring skills