Hopefully this unit gave you some ideas for helping students learn test-taking skills. The Introductory Challenge asked you to think about Tara, or someone you know, who might benefit from learning these skills.
Revisiting that challenge might involve making a plan for Tara—or for a student you know or are working with. List at least one or two things you could do to accomplish each of the four planning tasks below:
- Find out if the student really was as well prepared for the test as claimed. (Many students think they studied a lot, but they didn’t study efficiently or with care.) Making this judgment can be tricky, of course.
- Find out what test-taking skills were used. (Go over the graded test, asking the student to explain his or her thought processes during the test.)
- Then work with the student to decide what test-taking skills to learn prior to taking the next test. Confer with a teacher or other member of your instructional team if you need help.
- Finally, provide the student with some opportunities to practice the new test-taking skills.