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It sounds like advice from a doctor: Eat right, exercise and get enough rest. Actually, it's what education experts recommend before a test. In addition to studying, students need to prepare physically and emotionally for tests. This reduces anxiety and increases success.

Some helpfull guidelines:

Don't stay up late. If your child has planned ahead, there's no need to cram all night. Being active earlier in the day (not right before bedtime) can help your child get to sleep.

Eat healthy meals. This will provide energy at test time. But eating a large meal right before the test is risky. Students need their bodies to focus on thinking, not digesting.

Wear a favorite outfit. Your child should pick one that makes him feel confident and comfortable. Dressing in layers is also a good idea.

Learn to relax. Some kids find it helpful to close their eyes and take a few deep breaths before a test. Others like to imagine a peaceful place, such as a meadow.

Be positive. Expecting to do well helps kids do well. Encourage your child to think positive thoughts, like "I can do it!" Also give compliments, such as " I'm proud of how hard you have studied. I'll bet your teacher will be, too!"

Face fears. It's normal to be worried about tests. But if your child seems too anxious, ask what he's afraid of. You may be able to reassure him. The teacher can also help.

Information taken from Homework & Study Skills 2011 The Parent Institute 

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