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End-of-year Exams Without the Anxiety

Before the excitement of summer vacation and graduation comes the stress of end-of-year exams for both students and teachers. This collection contains resources aimed at making exam time less harrowing. From grading and recording suggestions to relaxation techniques, the videos, articles, infographics and more included here help take the anxiety out of exam time.
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End-of-year Exams Without the Anxiety
  • heyugly.org
    heyugly.org

    Test Taking Tips

    5 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    There are literally thousands of resources offering test-taking tips, but this is one of my favorites. Why? Because the tips aren't just practical, they are presented in a manner that makes them almost a "no-brainer" for students. From suggestions to make sure you have all your study materials, to recommendations to include breaks and recreation while studying, this article does an excellent job of helping students prepare for end-of-year exams.
  • chicagonow.com
    chicagonow.com

    Final exams in high school--unnecessary

    5 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    I love the unique perspective offered in this article by Ray Salazer. His argument against traditional end-of-the-year exams is interesting and compelling, but his suggestions for "alternative" assessments are awesome! I particularly like his suggestion to use 'real-world' assessment projects throughout the year.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    The TeachingChannel has created a great video describing a great way to engage students in the entire exam process (from creation to completion) by involving them in the creation of the test content. Not only does this offer students an excellent review resource, but also holds them accountable for their exam results.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    "This could also be called, "Things Students Can Do While Waiting for an Exam to be Over." Although written with teachers in mind, the activities included here are also a good way for students to keep those brain juices creatively flowing while quietly (and patiently) waiting for an exam to end. The suggestions (like "look at the items in the room and think about how you would use them for survival if there was a zombie apocalypse") are fun, but also can encourage students to think critically.
  • teaching.colostate.edu
    teaching.colostate.edu

    Finals: Conducting Effective Review Sessions

    5 minute read
    Tracy Pinkard says:
    Although geared toward undergraduate students, the advice and strategies Darrell Fontane offers in this article are excellent for use in the high school setting. In fact, the article is detailed enough to use as an "exam prep" guide in itself. I definitely suggest bookmarking and/or printing this resource.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    This Act San Antonio blog post provides some great tips for making sure your students are as prepared as possible for end-of-year exams. The suggestions included are brief and practical, which makes them an easy way to support your students as they prepare for their exams.
  • Tracy Pinkard says:
    Before giving the final exam, you have to create, or at least, update it. This article by the University of Waterloo offers useful suggestions for preparing exams. Questions such as 'what do you want to assess', along with tips for scoring, and advice for preparing students for the exam are included in this well-written article.
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Janine DillerMiddle School High School Early Childhood EducationMay 19, 2016
As teachers, we know how much pressure there is with standardized test scores and final exams, and often times this pressure and anxiety transfer to our students. I really love these recent examples of teachers reassuring their students to do their best and reminding them that they are more than a test score. Here are two of my favorite examples for teachers working to help reduce their students pre-test anxieties. ‘These Tests Don’t Define You’: Third-Grade Teacher Pens Inspiring Letter To Young Students http://huff.to/217KPl2 and Teacher Writes Inspirational Notes On Students' Desks Before Exams http://bit.ly/1XD7bMS