How to Help Your Children Prepare for Their Finals

Jeff Horton
2 min readFeb 18, 2021


Being a child is tough, but dealing with final exams on top of growing up makes childhood even tougher. It’s a necessary part of growing up and getting your education, though, so as parents, it’s important to step in and help your child prepare if possible. While you can’t take the exam for them, you can help them at home to become as prepared as possible; this way, when they go to take the test they’re confident in their abilities and are more likely to succeed. How can you go about doing that, though? Here are a few ways.

Learn About the Exam

One of the best ways to prepare for an exam is to learn about it and know what to expect. It’s important to know what will be on the test and how the test will be structured, because tackling a multiple-choice test is much different than going and taking a test based on essays. Look at class notes, the testing website if it’s online, or consult the school for information on the exam to find out things like when the test will be, what will be tested, how long it’ll take, and so on.

Talk to the Teacher

Your child’s teacher will know the test best, so you should reach out to them if you want to learn about the exam. Doing so will get you the most up-to-date information on the exam’s structure and subject matter, and they’ll be able to tell you where your child is struggling the most so you can help them with it at home. Learning this will help your child study effectively.

Get a Practice Exam

If the exam in question is a standardized test, you should look for practice exams online for your child to take. These tests are ones from previous years, so you’ll be able to see the type of content typically on the tests and how it’s formatted. This method falls through if your child isn’t taking a standardized test, so if that’s the case, your best bet is to look at your child’s notes and textbooks. Some teachers provide review guides before their tests, and some textbooks come with practice tests at the back of them, so use both of these to your advantage.

Hire a Tutor

Tutors are meant to help your child study and prepare for their classes and exams, so if you’re not sure about whether you can effectively help your child prepare, consider hiring one. You can reach out to older students who’ve taken these exams in the past or go online to tutoring websites to find a tutor for your child.



Jeff Horton

Jeff Horton is a Duluth-based educator, superintendent, technology enthusiast, and believer in representation. Learn more @