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With testing season upon most students (Ohio Graduation Tests, Ohio Achievement Tests, SATs, PSATs, etc.) there is always additional pressures for students to feel successful. What I always encourage my students to do when preparing for a larger exam is to break their study time into chunks. Younger students (middle schoolers) should be spending no more than 20-30 minutes at a time doing any type of "hard review". Allowing breaks and rewards (for example, watching their favorite TV show) can help motivate students who have difficulty concentrating. When students break up or chunk out their study times, it helps to break them of the habit of trying to cram everything in the night before. Additionally, this also helps the student to feel less pressure leading up to the test as far as performance. Parents can help by discussing appropriate study habits, and encouraging students to set up an area in the home where they can quietly study away from noise and distractions... read more

Welcome to my blog! Hopefully, you will find my blog a useful resource for information, as well as providing you with an opportunity to get to know me better as a teacher. My name is Kristin, and I am a certified science teacher in the State of Ohio. I have also had experience working as a science teacher in North Carolina and in South Korea where I taught a variety of science subjects. Currently, I am working as a full-time doctoral student in Education. I have found that one of the biggest challenges for students in being successful on high-stakes tests (standardized tests) in science is that as much as the science tests involve science content, it is also a reading comprehension test. For students who struggle with reading or who may be English language learners, students become frustrated quite easily with science. It is not that they are not gifted or talented students, rather they struggle with the language on the test. One of the toughest obstacles with science is the level... read more

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