You know the scene: It’s the night just before the school test and suddenly your primary schooler is in a flood of tears because she is afraid of doing badly the next day. Or perhaps she has just received a poor grade in a class test and she is devastated.
Help your child develop a more measured perspective on class tests by emphasising that each test is of minor significance on its own. Naturally she wants to gain a high score and naturally, you support her academic aspirations, but explain that this test which she dreads is only one very small part of her overall schooling and that she should not attribute too much importance to it.
The best way to enable your child to beat test terror is by encouraging her to prepare properly for class exams. Instead of simply worrying about a class test that’s due next week or next month, she should take positive steps to meet this challenge.