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How To Improve Your Child’s Confidence For Taking SATs-San Jose SAT Prep

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The SATs can feel daunting to any student. The idea that a test will influence your future can make an

excellent score feel impossible. However, feeling confident about the test will help your child perform

better. Here are a few things you can do as a parent to improve your child’s confidence as they prepare to

take the exam.

Words

Your words mean more to your child than you can imagine. Simple phrases like “I see you working really

hard” or “I believe you can do it” can make a difference in your child’s confidence. Choose your words

carefully. A recent Freakonomics Podcast discussed that studies have found using complements such as

“you’re so smart” takes away a child’s feelings of agency in the outcome of a test. Whereas, “you have

worked really hard” helps a child feel like they can influence their results. If you use complements that

suggest natural talent instead of hard work and your child doesn’t do well on an exam, they may begin to

feel like they are not smart or can’t perform well. They feel as though they have no control over the

outcome of their work.

Consistently use words that help your child understand that they have control of the outcome of the exam.

If they work hard, they can perform well.

Power Pose

Teach your child the power of posture. A study performed by Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, found

that posing in a power position, privately, for 1-2 minutes a day can improve your confidence and

physically change hormone levels that impact stress and anxiety. Power poses are poses that open up

and stretch out the body. Picture super hero poses. Practicing these poses a few minutes a day can boost

your child’s confidence and reduce their anxiety.

Talk About Past Success

Success breeds more success. When your child is feeling overwhelmed, point out all the ways they have

succeeded before. You can use scholastic scenarios, but Understood suggests including social, physical,

and emotional successes in your examples. Even if your child doesn’t perform well on the SAT the first

time, they will see that they have many strengths and their confidence won’t be crushed.

Hard Work and Preparation are Key

You have immense influence over your child’s confidence. Use your words carefully, teach them tips and

tricks to relieve anxiety and help them know how successful they have been and can continue to be. Help

your child understand that hard work and preparation are the keys to performing well on the SAT.

San Jose SAT Prep

By marrying the best of private instruction with the best of group practice, Mr. Test Prep’s San Jose SAT Prep program supplies students with the resources they need to succeed. Having served San Jose’s SAT Prep needs for the last 18 years, Michael Romano is uniquely qualified to instruct students on the content of the test and advise parents about how best to plan the SAT/ACT season. To learn more, book a Free Diagnostic Session today

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