Are you looking for strategies to help students who are in danger of academic failure? If so, keep reading.
1. Teach and urge the student to practice necessary study skills (e.g., reading for the main point, note-taking, summarizing, highlighting, studying in an appropriate environment, using time wisely, etc.) before taking tests or exams.
2. Assess student performance in an assortment of ways (e.g., have the student give oral explanations, simulations, physical demonstrations of a skill, etc.).
3. Provide shorter tests or exams but give them more regularly. As the student shows success, slowly increase the length of tests or exams over time.
4. Have tests or exams read to the student.
5. Get the student to orally answer tests or exams.
6. Record tests or exams and let the student listen to questions as often as appropriate.
7. Coordinate a time for the student to study with a peer tutor before taking tests or exams.
8. Get the student to take tests or exams in the resource room where the resource teacher can clarify questions, offer explanations, etc.
9. Give the student chances for review before taking tests or exams.
10. Get the student to question anything they do not understand while taking tests or exams.
11. Make sure that the tests or exams measure knowledge of content, not related skills, such as reading or writing.
12. Teach the student test-taking strategies (e.g., answer questions you are sure of first, learn to summarize, check each answer, etc.).
13. Get the student to keep a performance record for each subject in which they are experiencing difficulty.
14. Let the student take tests or exams in a quiet space to lessen distractions (e.g., study carrel, library, etc.).
15. Give an assortment of chances for the student to learn the information covered by tests or exams (e.g., films, visitors, community resources, etc.).
16. Let the student respond to alternative test or quiz questions (e.g., more generalized questions that represent global comprehension).
17. Provide the chance for the student to study daily tasks with a peer.
18. Get the student to take a sample test or quiz before the actual test.
19. Remove the threat of public knowledge of failure (e.g., test or quiz results are not read aloud or posted, test ranges are not made public, etc.).
20. Minimize the emphasis on formal testing by grading the student on daily performance.
21. Consider using one of the apps and tools from our many app lists. These apps are designed to help students who are experiencing academic difficulties.