In the new book Beyond the Content: Mindfulness as a Test Prep Advantage, author Logan Thompson revels how to use mindfulness for test taking. He argues that being mindful is one of the most important parts of succeeding in tests.

Mindfulness is simply the state of being consciously aware and living in the moment. You can learn how to do mindfulness meditation here.

It is possible to be mindful of practically anything. You can choose to be mindfully aware of your own thoughts. Or you could practice a simple task in a mindful way. Ultimately it is simply about being present. And it can have a huge effect on your test results. You can read my guide to using meditation for studying to learn more about this.

Stress is one of the biggest problems students face.  

 It is estimated that twenty percent of students suffer from extreme stress reaction during tests [1]. Stress severely inhibits memory, making it hard to remember the information we are being tested on [2]. Ultimately this means that stress is not only making students suffer but is also massively effecting test results. This is why I personally advocate for teachers to focus on helping students feel more relaxed, because this directly improves both happiness and success in the classroom.

Meditation improves focus and also helps students to relax. It has a profoundly positive effect on students.

In my list of the best mindfulness books I shared all the best books for learning to be mindful.

One new addition to the wide catalogue of mindfulness books is Beyond Content: Mindfulness As A Test Prep Advantage. The book explores ways in which we can use mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety so that we can focus on studying and ace exams.

Author Logan Thompson has been teaching his test prep students how to be mindful, and he details his techniques in the new book Beyond The Content: Mindfulness As A Test Prep Advantage. It shows how to reduce test stress and ace exams by mastering the negative emotions that impede students.


Beyond the Content: Mindfulness as a Test Prep Advantage

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In Beyond The Content: Mindfulness As A Test Prep Advantage, Logan Thompson reveals how students can use mindfulness to overcome the stress of exams and to master the negative emotions that impede a student’s work.

Thompson shows that the biggest problem students face in the classroom is not the content or their inability to learn. It is the stress and anxiety and other emotional challenges that have the biggest negative effect in the classroom.

Not only does the stress lead to bad results, it also can have a massive effect on self esteem. Students come to think of themselves as being unintelligent and being bad at taking tests. This often is not the case. Many students could ace their exams if they were given the skills they need to control their stress.

This is something I personally have lived through. When I was a teenager studying for my exams I was facing seriously problems at home with my father being ill from alcoholism and their being constant fighting in the home. It made it impossible to focus on studies and severely effected my schoolwork. Had I known about mindfulness back then I am certain it would have had a massively positive effect on my studies. That’s why I’m so glad people like Thompson are fighting to get mindfulness in schools.

I Love Thompsons Strategy For Using Mindfulness For Test Prep

Thompson’s take on mindfulness combines the traditional approach with a twist. He states that negative thoughts and emotions distract students, and he labels these negative thoughts “Passengers”.  These passengers continually undermine a student’s confidence and makes it impossible for them to focus.

Thompson suggests using what he calls a “driver” to stop these “passengers”. These drivers are the parts of the mind that create relaxation, calmness and intelligence.  He states that mindfulness can actually cause anxiety [which is backed by science [3]]. This is because meditation makes us more aware of negative thoughts. However, we can balance this out, by using drivers [parts of the mind that create calmness and positive emotions].

Thanks to scientific breakthroughs it’s obvious today that mindfulness helps students. Whether it is Thompson’s idea takes off, or another teacher’s idea, we need to give students the power to master their minds. For myself and other people went through traumatic experiences when they were studying, we need to make sure that kids who do face anxiety and stress have the power to control it so it doesn’t effect their mental health or their test results.

If you’re a parent, you’ll want to read my guide to teaching kids mindfulness so you can hep your kids focus on studies without being derailed by stress and anxiety.


Written by Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.

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