Help Kids Study

Did you know that kids learn in many ways, yet schools test in only one?  This ultimately means that the written tests used in school, favors only one kind of learner.

While we all wish that written tests weren’t the only measure of your child’s success in school, it turns out we’ve been in a test-crazy planet for years.

These tests are used to get into many high schools, colleges, graduate school and beyond, to obtain licenses in many careers and vocations and often to get a job or job promotion.

helping kids study

Children need our help learning to study for school’s visual testing.

“Test are used to define our children’s future!”

So, although I’m in favor of change, I’m also a realist about written tests.  It may be decades before the system changes, but your child simply can’t wait that long.  He or she needs to do well NOW!

Pat Wyman is a best-selling author, reading specialist, university faculty member, internationally acclaimed speaker, legislative expert on reading, and the founder of the award winning website,  She has been a huge advocate for children, finding as many ways as possible to raise their self-esteem.  Teaching them “how to learn” and showing them successful learning strategies while they are in school, benefits everyone – the child, the parents, teachers and ultimately, the society.

“…There is no such thing as a poor test taker.”

It turns out that there is no such thing as a poor test taker.  Kids develop this belief based on their past test taking results and basically because their learning style does not match how they are tested.  But, with just a couple of tips, you can do your child a lifetime of good by making written tests easier.

Why let your child struggle, or fret over whether he’ll remember all the things he’s studied?  Wouldn’t your child be happier if he knew how to “win” the school’s written testing game?

We want to empower your child by teaching “how” to learn in such a way that makes taking a written test a painless and simple process, rather than a stressful, sleep-depriving event.

There’s so much competition to get good grades that kids are pressured by teachers, parents, and even the other kids to get good, if not outstanding grades.  If they don’t get good grades, there’s a cascading series of events that often leads to low self-confidence, lack of motivation, endless trips to the doctor to check for ADHD, and even dropping out of school.  I live in a state where the drop out rate is 50%!

We can prevent the vast majority of these problems, by simply helping our kids to match their learning style strategies with the ones that get the best results during written tests.   Here’s how:

“How To Help Your Child Ace His Written Tests”

If your child is a visual learner and naturally thinks in pictures, there is a perfect match between how he learns and how he is tested in writing.  Turning reading material into pictures makes memory faster and far more efficient.  More than likely, your child is already getting good grades.

However, many children simply don’t know how to do that naturally.  If your child learns better by listening (auditory)  or is more physical (kinesthetic), beware:  written tests impose a specific problem and school will be much more of a challenge for your child.

In the best-selling book, Amazing Grades, which has been pre-released as an ebook, Pat has created some very simple solutions that have raised grades and test scores for literally thousands of kids.  The secret is to help your child add the learning style strategy that matches the one needed to do well on a written test.

Here’s the answer in a nutshell.  Brain research shows that retrieving pictures is much faster than saying words in your mind or trying to remember how you “feel” about what you learned.

“School Is Visual.  Teach Your Child How To Add Visual Strategies for Massive Success!”

School is visual.  It’s that simple.  The student who is successful in school knows that most subjects require them to change verbal lectures and written words into pictures in their mind.

Teach your child to pretend that everything they read and learn needs to be in the form of a movie.  This will activate the visual parts of their brain.  When it comes test time, celebrate!  Have your child look up, recall those movies, and make every picture worth a thousand words.  Voila!  Success on written tests.

I am unsure why every school doesn’t teach kids how to learn visually; however you can begin by helping your own child right now.  And then he can help his friends, and you can talk to your child’s teacher.  Soon, who knows what will happen?  What if every child got terrific grades in school?



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P.S. You can help your child turn his grades around in as little as 14 days!  Download Amazing Grades right now and watch your child’s grades soar upwards!

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  1. I agree, schools cater to one particular type of smarts. My daughter has been tested and has above average IQ, yet school is so challenging for her.

    I will check out this book- it may just be the answer to my prayers!

    Marlene, proud mom of Elisabeth- 8

    • Marlene, good luck with your Elisabeth- she is fortunate to have such a thoughtful mother. You won’t be disappointed with the book, I promise!

      Ever wonder why we remember movies so much better than books? Children, too, can recall the storyline of TV shows and movies much more accurately than they can recall text they’ve read. This book teaches you how to make things into “movies” in children’s minds- it’s a simple yet powerful process.

  2. How do you always send emails on just the right day? Seriously, we have recently hired a tutor for our very bright son. I have just ordered this ebook based on your recommendation, and I’ll read it on the train to work tomorrow.

  3. I am a fifth grade teacher in a Private Catholic School. i agree that schools need to address the whole issue of identifying learning styles at the start of the school year and then work to differentiate not just assessments, but also teaching strategies to engage more students right off the bat. I like learning-styles-online free 70 question survey to do a learning styles inventory for each child. That is a good starting point. The other thing I do usually in the first 2 or 3 days of a new school year is have the students make a 4X6 index card as a business card of what they consider themselves to be an expert at already. I put the cards in a 4X6 photo album, so they can see all the talents we share in the class. Need help in Math? Reading? look at which classmates are good at those things and could help you! Also builds a great classroom atmosphere and cooperative learning attitude from day one. Can you tell I love my kids and teaching?

  4. As a special education teacher, I use all types of teaching strategies and assessment strategies to try to reach all of my students strengths. What a difference it makes! Doing a test orally instead of written to compensate for fine motor skills could easily benefit a whole class for a change of pace. A marking scheme can bee a rubric as the students pair up and answer questions to each other. The teacher walks around and listens in. Students mark each other on the rubric and teacher has anecdotal notes. There’s a unique assessment style which is just as viable as a pen and pencil test.

    These kinds of more differentiated learning assessments need to take place. Differentiated learning is becoming a big deal in our school board in Canada.

  5. Does this method help children who have learning difficulties, memory issues and ADHD? Both my youngest children have been diagnosed, one with ADHD and the other with mild intellectual disability with memory issues. It would be great to give them the confidence needed to succeed in school. Both try hard but struggle even with modified lessons.

    • Hello Christine,

      Yes, this method works particularly well for children with ADHD. Do your children remember movies and TV shows that they’ve watched? This method shows you how to make school facts and text into “movies” regarding your child’s memory! Well, the book explains it better than I just did, but that’s a fair one-sentence summary of a 200 page book!

  6. Would this help my college freshman? He has always struggled and college is proving to be especially difficult with the amount of material covered!

    • Hi Julie, if your son can recall movies, then this will help, even if he is a grandfather! Read my comment below! (I’m off for the weekend, will get back to more questions on Monday!)

  7. I soooo wanted something new and different. This is nothing more than a rehash of Gardner styles of learning. Don’t bother with the free chapters, it is 33 pages of promotionto buy the book.

    Too bad….I had such high hopes.

    Teacher – California

    • Hi Debi,

      I’m sorry you found the material rehashed; I’d found it enlightening. Perhaps your background as a teacher means that you have a solid foundation of knowledge that most of the rest of us do not.

      BTW, there is a 60-day satisfaction guarantee- you don’t want to pay for something that did not satisfy your needs!