Help Students Conquer Test Jitters
 
 
 Teach for the Test, Not to the Test

Teach life skills.

If itís not worth teaching, itís not worth testing.

There is nothing on the test that should not be in the curriculum.

Create bridges between students natural intelligences and learning styles.
 

Expect the Best; Accept No Less

Each learner is unique.

Approach learning through different pathways.

Expect everyone to achieve.
 

Structure With Cooperative Learning

Research has found that cooperative learning is the number one strategy for increased student achievement.

Students need to work frequently in small groups to improve their ability to be part of a team effort
 

Teach test-taking Strategies Explicitly

Test-taking skills is a metacognitive strategy that empowers students.

Teachers teach students how to be good learners as well as good test-takers.
 

Stress Prelearning Strategies

Learners use what they know to help them understand something new.

 

Chunk the Material for Deep Understanding

Teach students to look for similarities, common groupings.

Attach meaning to a subject by linking it to something familiar.
 

Organize with Graphics

Displaying things graphically, students must organize large amounts of knowledge.

Makes students think visibly.
 

Reflect Through Mediation

Use question to probe for what student do not understand.

Think aloud activities 

Express Idea with Mnemonic Devices and Visual Cues

Remembering lists, 
    e.g., states
Remembering data, 
    e.g., formulas
Remembering rules, 
    e.g., i before e, etc.
 

Seek Student Choices in Learning Situations

Teachers can establish broad parameters and still give students choices.

When students are interested in knowing something, they are much more likely to learn it.
 


 
 University of West Georgia