Parents: Take this QUIZ to find out.
1. Is your child aware
of being really nervous on a test, so nervous that
they don’t do their best and lose points, even though YOU know
your child has studied well and is prepared?
2. Does your child’s stomach
ever get tied up in knots before or during
a test? Hands cold and sweaty? Headaches?
3. Does your child have
trouble sleeping the night before a test? …Maybe
even have nightmares about failing the test?
4. Does your child ever vomit
before a major test? Mind race?
…Or brain dull or “murky”, so that they can’t think clearly
a test or while taking a test? Have a conversation with them
before you answer this question.
5. Does your child ever
forget, during a test, material they have studied, only
to remember it again later after the test is over?
6. Does your child rush through the test and make careless errors?
7. Has your child had some bad experiences with math tests… Made
poor grades when they didn’t expect them?
8. Does your child spend
a lot of time and energy studying and preparing
for tests, yet fail to make grades that represent what they know?
9. Does your child lack self-confidence
as a math student because of a perceived
fear of failure?
10. Are math tests a particularly
miserable time for you as the parent?
“YES” answers to more than two questions suggest that your child may be “test anxious”. They could benefit from a regular relaxation practice session. Think
of these coaching sessions as Yoga for Math
Parents are their children’s most important life coaches. You
know your child best. If you answered YES to more than two questions
on this quiz, you are ready to become your child’s parent coach in
the relaxation exercises that follow.
Of course, everyone
is anxious about tests; if your child weren’t, they wouldn’t try.
A certain amount of tension acts as a motivator. But your child
may suffer from nervousness which is so severe that two things happen:
their grades drop because anxiety interferes with their mental processes
and keeps them from doing their best. AND their quality of life
is compromised, and miserable—and so are you!
Read the book by Dr. Margaret
Murky, Quirky, Beserky Math, and discuss math feelings and
strategies from this humorous approach to math anxiety.
© Margaret Desjardins