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Test Anxiety

Test AnxietyHypnosis for test anxiety, lets make it go away.

Generally, we all experience some level of Test Anxiety nervousness or tension before tests or other important events in our lives.

A little nervousness can actually help motivate us; however, too much Test Anxiety can become a problem – especially if it interferes with our ability to prepare for and perform on tests.

Dealing, with Test Anxiety

The first step is to distinguish between two types of anxiety. If your anxiety is a direct result of lack of preparation, consider it a normal, rational reaction. However, if you are adequately prepared but still panic, “blank out”, and/or overreact, your reaction is not rational. While both of these anxieties may be considered normal (anyone can have them) it is certainly helpful to know how to overcome their effects.

Preparation Can Help

Preparation is the best way to minimize rationale anxiety. Consider the following:

  • Avoid “cramming” for a test. Trying to master a semester’s worth of material the day before the test is a poor way to learn and can easily produce anxiety. This is not the time to try to learn a great deal of material.
  • Combine all the information you have been presented throughout the semester and work on mastering the main concepts of the course.
  • When studying for the test, ask yourself what questions may be asked and try to answer them by integrating ideas from lectures, notes, texts, and supplementary readings.
  • If you are unable to cover all the material given throughout the semester, select important portions that you can cover well. Set a goal of presenting your knowledge of this information on the test.

Changing Your Attitude

Improving your perspective of the test-taking experience can actually help you enjoy studying and may improve your performance. Don’t overplay the importance of the grade – it is not a reflection of your self-worth nor does it predict your future success. Try the following:

  • Remember that the most reasonable expectation is to try to show as much of what you know as you can.
  • Remind yourself that a test is only a test – there will be others.
  • Avoid thinking of yourself in irrational, all-or-nothing terms.
  • Reward yourself after the test – take in a movie, go out to eat, or visit with friends.

Don’t Forget the Basics

Students preparing for tests often neglect basic biological, emotional, and social needs. To do your best, you must attend to these needs. Think of yourself as a total person – not just a test taker. Remember to:

  • Continue the habits of good nutrition and exercise. Continue your recreational pursuits and social activities – all contribute to your emotional and physical well-being.
  • Follow a moderate pace when studying; vary your work when possible and take breaks when needed.
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before the test – when you are overly tired you will not function at your absolute best.
  • Once you feel you are adequately prepared for the test, do something relaxing.

The Day of the Test

To be able to do your best on the day of the test we suggest the following:

  • Begin your day with a moderate breakfast and avoid coffee if you are prone to “caffeine jitters.” Even people who usually manage caffeine well may feel light-headed and jittery when indulging on the day of a test.
  • Try to do something relaxing the hour before the test – last minute cramming will cloud your mastering of the overall concepts of the course.
  • Plan to arrive at the test location early – this will allow you to relax and to select a seat located away from doors, windows, and other distractions.
  • Avoid classmates who generate anxiety and tend to upset your stability.
  • If waiting for the test to begin causes anxiety, distract yourself by reading a magazine or newspaper.

During the Test: Basic Strategies

Before you begin answering the questions on the test, take a few minutes and do the following:

  • First review the entire test; then read the directions twice. Try to think of the test as an opportunity to show the professor what you know; then begin to organize your time efficiently. Work on the easiest portions of the test first.
  • For essay questions, construct a short outline for yourself – then begin your answer with a summary sentence. This will help you avoid the rambling and repetition which can irrate the person grading the test. For short-answer questions, answer only what is asked – short and to the point. If you have difficulty with an item involving a written response, show what knowledge you can. If proper terminology evades you, show what you know with your own words.
  • For multiple choice questions, read all the options first, then eliminate the most obvious. Unsure of the correct response? Rely on your first impression, then move on quickly. Beware of tricky qualifying words such as “only,” “always,” or “most.”
  • Do not rush through the test. Wear a watch and check it frequently as you pace yourself. If it appears you will be unable to finish the entire test, concentrate on those portions which you can answer well. Recheck your answers only if you have extra time – and only if you are not anxious.

During the Test: Anxiety Control

Curb excess anxiety in any of the following ways:

  • Tell yourself “I can be anxious later, now is the time to take the exam.”
  • Focus on answering the question, not on your grade or others’ performances.
  • Counter negative thoughts with other, more valid thoughts like, “I don’t have to be perfect.”
  • Tense and relax muscles throughout your body; take a couple of slow deep breaths and try to maintain a positive attitude.
  • If allowed, get a drink or go to the bathroom.
  • Ask the instructor a question.
  • Eat something.
  • Break your pencil lead – then go sharpen it.
  • Think for a moment about the post-exam reward you promised yourself.

After the Test

Whether you did well or not, be sure to follow through on the reward you promised yourself – and enjoy it! Try not to dwell on all the mistakes you might have made. Do not immediately begin studying for the next test. . . indulge in something relaxing for a little while.

Need Additional Help? Couple this with Hypnosis and you have a winner.

Hypnosis is one of the best most successful ways of eliminating Test Anxiety, call today for a free consultation.

Memory Improvement with Hypnosis, Accelerated Studying

pretty female college student studying in the university libraryHypnosis Improvement for Memory Improvement and  Accelerated Studying

In Hypnosis Accelerating Memory and Studying we can alter your perception of time.

 Two minutes of Hypnosis time can seem like an hour – as we can slow time down – or an hour of Hypnosis may simply fly by, as we speed time up.

This natural phenomena is known as time distortion and happens when we’re in a comfortable state of relaxation.

Sometimes without even experiencing Hypnosis we can notice how, when we’re waiting for an exciting event to occur – each minute can seem like an hour, and when we’re really enjoying ourselves the time just goes by so quickly.

And you can learn a great deal in a few seconds, or you can spend hours learning nothing – all that matters is that you decide which you are going to do. And subconscious knowledge is the most reliable knowledge of all, this is where the Accelerated Studying and Memory Improvement comes in.

That’s why if you ever learned to ride a bike you’ll never forget – and why typists and pianists for example don’t even need to think about what they do – they just do it. And your subconscious mind is open and receptive to the impressions it receives.

It remembers all that it hears and all that it sees. It remembers all that it feels and senses. It remembers all that it touches and tastes. And even when you thought you forgot something, it was still there, deep in your subconscious mind, just waiting for the right time to pop up.

When its time for your study you find that you mentally prepare yourself by putting outside of your mind, any distracting thoughts. You agree with yourself beforehand how long you will study and you stick to it, and if any unwanted thoughts try to intrude, you simply put them out of your mind until your study period has come to an end.This is what Hypnosis can do for Memory Improvement and Accelerated Study Habits

You find that because you are organizing yourself in this way, your mind is more focused and ready to learn. You find it easy to concentrate and to retain what you learn. And you really enjoy studying as you see it as a means to an end. Every day at your per-agreed time, you get into the habit of studying to succeed.

You find that you are able to think much more clearly, focused and you are able to concentrate much more easily. You become so deeply absorbed and interested in the subject that you are studying that you will want to give your full attention to what you are studying, to the exclusion of everything else. Because you are so interested and absorbed in your studies, it becomes so easy for you to grasp and understand all the things that you learn. And all the things that you do learn impress themselves on your memory to enable you to remember them more easily. Hypnosis for Memory Improvement and Accelerated Studying is by far the fast track to improving your life.


Improve Memory & Concentration

For many people, it seems the older they get the worse their memory and ability to concentrate becomes.  Sometimes this is accepted as a normal part of getting older. Other people, it seems have never had the ability to remember dates, details or the names of people etc.  These people may say to themselves that they have a bad memory or they can’t concentrate very well.

Frankly, that’s nonsense.  We all have great memories and a powerful ability to concentrate, unless we have a medical problem affecting these issues. Many times this erroneous perception of having a bad memory simple comes from the fact that no one ever taught us how to use this natural ability to concentrate and remember when we were young.

We simply avoided or danced around situations where we would have to recall a detail.  For example, when meeting people at some social function to whom we were previously introduced but couldn’t remember their names, we might say Hi. How are you? You look great” and never say their name.

The good news is hypnosis works rapidly to correct these issues.  With hypnosis it is possible to quickly develop the ability to concentrate.  Your ability to recall information may be tremendously enhanced.  This skill can be learned on just one or two hypnosis sessions.

Providing you have no medical problems that are affecting your ability to concentrate or remember, there is no reason for you to continue to experience this problem. If you would like to discuss your situation, get further information or schedule an appointment call Avalon Hypnosis Center at (407) 492-7363

Improve Retention & Reduce Anxiety with Hypnosis

Study Improvement & Test Anxiety

Many people, irrespective of education or position, have a very difficult time studying or taking an examination.  For these people, studying is a major chore. They can spend hours studying very hard but seem to have very little retention of the material. In addition, many people, when faced with an examination of their knowledge freeze up. They may have studied very hard and know the material, but their mind just closes down and access to the information is denied.  The examination process then becomes a dreaded experience that creates great fear and apprehension.

These two problems can be easily corrected with hypnosis.  As a matter of fact, the elimination of examination apprehension and increasing the ability to study with greater retention are among the easiest challenges to correct using hypnotism. Nothing can take away the necessity of setting aside a time to study, but by using a specially developed form of self-hypnosis, this time can not only be made very enjoyable, but, also highly productive.

If you would like to learn how to study effortlessly, take examinations with absolute confidence and self-assurance, hypnosis should be given your strongest consideration. It should take only one or two sessions to learn a technique that will last you a lifetime.