Athletes are familiar with the zone. The zone is that special place your mind goes where nothing else is there but the game or the race. Everything clicks into place and your performance is amazing. The zone
isn’t something that just magically happens. Athletes do a lot of preparation so that they can get into the
zone when they need it.
As you are preparing for exams you can practice so that the zone comes naturally on the day of the test.
Here are a few tools that can help you find the zone.
Athletes often spend time visualizing the upcoming game or race. According to the New York Times
visualization or imagery is an essential part of olympic athletes’ preparation. Athletes prepare their mind
by picturing the game winning shot, the perfect race, or a blocked goal. They also picture the setting;
what the course will be like and even what the crowd might sound like. You can do the same for an exam
by picturing the setting and imagining that you are calm and focused while taking the test. You can
visualize the exam and even the score that you want to achieve.
Positive Self Talk
Don’t let negative thoughts enter your mind. Tell yourself phrases like “I can do this”, “I am good at math”,
or “I have plenty of time.” The more often you practice telling yourself positive messages as you prepare
for the exam, the easier it will be to stay positive on the day of the exam. Eliminating negative thoughts
will prevent panic while you are taking the test.
When you watch a gymnast nail their floor routine or a basketball player shoot the game winning three
pointer, it often looks natural and easy. What you don’t see are the hours and hours of practice, year after
year that made them ready for those moments. You can practice for an exam as well. Take practice tests
and try to simulate the conditions of the exam so that you are prepared on the day of the test. The more
familiar you are with the test is the less likely you are to feel anxious or scared. The zone will come
naturally when you have spent time practicing.
Get Into the Zone
Prepare for your upcoming SAT or ACT by knowing how to get into the zone. The more often you practice
the psychological tools you need to get in the zone, the more naturally the zone will come on exam day.
Visualizing, thinking positively and most importantly practice will help you get into the zone and perform
well on exam day.