6th Grade Math: Help Preparing for Tests and Quizzes

If your math scores are not as high as you'd like, you may need to practice at home. Read on to find out about the test strategies and preparation that might help you do better on math quizzes.

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How Can I Improve My Scores on 6th Grade Math Quizzes?

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Make sure you have the entire multiplication chart memorized. If it takes you more than a second to answer problems, such as twelve times nine or nine times six, you risk losing speed and accuracy in your math. Use flashcards to help with speed and confidence.

Communicate

Improve your communication skills with teachers and classmates. Ask questions, like Can we create a study guide for next week's quiz? or Can you show me how to convert fractions again? If you don't ask questions, your teacher won't know that you don't understand a concept.

Additionally, get yourself a study buddy. Whether it's your parent, a classmate or tutor, find someone to go to for advice and share your academic success.

Manage Your Time

Stay on task. Create a study schedule or update a study guide to avoid falling behind. Studying for a few minutes each day will be more beneficial than cramming the night before a big test. Spend 10-15 minutes each day reviewing when you know a test is coming up. Your hard work will pay off when you take the test.

Use Study Materials

Ask your teacher to loan you a workbook with math problems and answers and practice problems daily until you feel proficient. Mix up the problems so you're getting practice doing multiplication, division and fractions together.

Create a practice exam with answers with the help of a study buddy. Each of you can contribute some problems. Wait a period of time before you try to take it so you're not too familiar with the problems. Alternatively, ask your parents to help you find a practice test.

Test-Taking Strategies

When you're taking a test, skim over it and look at the point values for each problem. Do the easiest problems first. Answering the ones you know may give you clues about the more difficult problems. Then, go back and review the other problems. Complete the ones you know partially so you'll get some credit. Remember to show all of your work.

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