It’s amazing to think that we’ve already arrived at the halfway point of the academic year. With that benchmark comes along mid-term exams for many students across Tampa Bay. But have your students started to prepare? Well that’s the first big step to reviewing for mid-term exams; starting early. The sooner they start to review for tests the better they’ll do.

Here are other ways to your kids can start getting prepared.

Look Over Your Notes and Review Sheets
This first exercise will refresh your child’s memory about what was discussed during the first half of the year. If their notes are good, they’re off to a great start. After the initial review, have them review frequently and highlight the most important information. This will allow you to easily and quickly get the most out of reviewing your notes. After they’ve done their color-coding, they should review just the highlighted parts over and over again.

Many schools also require teachers to distribute course syllabi, outlines, assignment sheets, and even exam review sheets. Everything given out by the teacher should be saved and reviewed. If the teacher thought it was important enough to distribute, the student ought to take that as a sign! Review sheets are valuable to all students but especially to those who have less experience at studying for exams or who may be taking mid-terms for the first time.

Use Online Resources
Kids today have incredible resources at their fingertips.  Even if notes are not helpful or they haven’t saved enough handouts or old tests, your child can follow hyperlinks or use great resources , a site that has thousands of short, clear lessons on a range of topics.

Start a Study Group
An efficient way to help your kids review for finals is by starting a study group of friends that meets and school or someone’s home. Have them outline the work that needs to accomplished and divvy up the responsibilities to each member of the group. A benefit of this method is that they’ll be able to lean on each other and take advantage of each other’s strengths and perspectives.

Old tests and quizzes are usually a good guide to what a teacher thinks is important stuff to know. Having the group review old tests will also help a them learn the train of thought used by the teacher during certain sections.

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