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Tips to prevent students from failing in class tests

Tips to prevent students from failing in tests

Tests form an integral part of a student life. It is one of the ways to find out how much knowledge a person has on a subject.

Three kinds of student responses can be found against tests:

* Positive: Where students are fearless about the tests. They consider it as a competition or a challenge and work towards scoring high.

* Neutral: Where students have no emotions attached to tests. Their performance lies in the average range in the scale of performance.

* Negative: Where students dread the very word "test" or "exam". Their performance is below average often leading to failures.

A teacher might not be required to worry much when it comes to the students who perform well. A little words of encouragement should work fine for the average performers. However, when it comes to those who fail in the tests, it might require more efforts to get them to perform well.

Here are a few tips to prevent students from failing in class tests:

Make them curious:
A good teacher is the one who can make his/her students get involved in the lesson. It is an art. Getting students to become curious about what, how, why, where and when the process or an event or a particular thing happens pertaining to what they are studying; and will automatically make them study. This will result in fewer (if any) failures in class tests.

Get to the root:
Find out the reason why the student is unable to pass the test. Is it because the student lacks interest in studies or is there a learning difficulty or any external factors affecting or interrupting the student and causing him/her to loose interest.

Discuss the problem that the student has, in private. Never ask them to share their reasons for inability to the entire class. Never humiliate them for their marks or punish them. Instead, understand the problem and take the next step. Address the issue to the child's parents.

Help the student by being supportive. Conduct additional classes for these students who require more efforts than the rest. Apply new teaching techniques, experiment, and prepare the students to start liking challenges and tests.

Take another route:
If the students who perform badly in the tests have an issue with learning things in the traditional manner, then approach the subject in a different path. Perhaps, a video form of the lesson would help, or inducing the subject in a game. For example, if students are unable to remember the formula, ask them to associate the formula to an object they can remember. Refer to "6 Excellent Ways to Teach at Any Day's Time" for ideas.

Be approachable, be ready to help and encourage these students to learn. Reward them every time they perform. This will keep them motivated. Once they get the taste of success, they will be able to take over their performance scale by themselves.

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