Many students who diligently study for exams still face anxiety, especially when it comes to major exams like the ACT and SAT. Often parents and teachers stress the academic side of preparing for exams, but not the emotional side.
A student that feels calm and confident and is equipped with tools to manage
anxiety is much more likely to do well on an exam than a student who feels overwhelmed when entering
an exam. Mindfulness is a tool that students can use to combat anxiety and calmly tackle any test.
The Huffington Post cites a study that found mindfulness meditation can physically reduce stress because
it reduces cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that is released when a person feels stress. A healthy
amount of cortisol is good because it helps your body respond appropriately to stress, but high levels of
cortisol over time can cause problems. Mindfulness meditation can help you body respond appropriately
A Tool That Stays With You
Mindfulness meditation is also a tool that you can take with you anywhere, even into the exam room. It
can be used to help you focus and avoid stress while you are preparing for the exam, but it can also be
used in the middle of an exam. If you start to feel a loss of focus or control or if you are distracted and
begin telling yourself negative thoughts, mindfulness meditation can help you regain focus and finish the
exam with confidence.
Positive thinking and a strong belief that you are good at the subjects you are facing on the exam will help
you perform well. Mindfulness meditation will instill positive thoughts in your mind and help you combat
any negativity that can feed your anxiety as you prepare for exams.
Mastering the subjects on the exam as well as your anxiety will lead to positive outcomes when you take
the exam. Because mindfulness and meditation are such powerful tools for helping students perform well
on major exams, Mr. Test Prep offers a free mindfulness and meditation class once a week. Try
mindfulness and meditation to develop the calm inner voice you need to keep anxiety and stress at bay
when you are preparing for and taking significant exams like the ACT and SAT.
San Mateo SAT Prep
Mr. Test Prep has been a part of the San Mateo SAT Prep community for nearly 20 years. His experience working with students—from math wizzes to numberphobes, from novelists-in-training to kids who hate to read—has shown him that improving test results first requires improving a student’s confidence. To directly address this important facet of SAT prep, his tutoring program exposes students to the conditions of the test, while training them in subject-specific skills and teaching them testing strategies that can make the test much easier.