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How to best prepare, study and perform well on tests and exams

Sara Dimerman in conversation with Janyce Lastman. Over the course of this episode you will learn more about:

  • The difference between a quiz, test and exam and how to prepare differently for each
  • How standardized tests (such as EQAO in Ontario) are different from “regular” tests and why they are important
  • The amount of time and how often students need to study in order to see a successful outcome
  • How students can make the best use of their time and what to do when preparing to study (and how parents can help too)
  • How to avoid experiencing test anxiety and why it happens
  • Whether cramming pre test or exam is ever a good idea
  • How and where (in bed or at a desk, for example) to study for tests and exams
  • Whether one can study well with music or other distractions around them
  • How lack or disruption of sleep impacts studying effectiveness and how to manage this
  • Things to keep in mind for the night before, day of the test or exam and afterwards
  • What “accommodations” are, who they are given to and why

How to best prepare our kids for life post secondary school

In this episode, Sara chats with Domenico Capilongo. Over the course of this episode, you will learn more about:

  • The role that teachers play in preparing kids for life post secondary school
  • Whether this is different to the role that parents play and if so, how?
  • How students can help prepare themselves for life post secondary school
  • What life after secondary school looks like
  • What constitutes a successful launch into life post secondary school and what makes the difference

What to expect when transitioning from high school to University or College

In this podcast Sara Dimerman chats with Brenda Whiteside. Over the course of this episode, you will learn more about:

  • The biggest changes or challenges students face when transitioning from high school to a post secondary school program
  • How living away from home – on residence, for example – affects the way in which a teen manages the transition to a post secondary program
  • How students and parents can expect to feel at first
  • How long the transitional phase typically lasts
  • Resources and programs most Universities and Colleges have in place to assist the student
  • What students can look forward to once he or she is more settled into residence or in their program of choice
  • Do’s and don’ts for parents to consider – prior to, during and following the adjustment phase