Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Cure for Test Taking Jitters

• Do you freeze when you sit for an exam?

• Does your mind go blank when you look at a test sheet?

The decision to turn a life-long interest into a career in massage therapy seemed only natural to Bob (not his real name). Bob had always worked well with his hands and all his friends said that Bob gave the best back rubs around.

Yet, once in massage therapy school, Bob’s dream became a nightmare. As his courses progressed, Bob found that the large amount of memorization required to pass the test was becoming more and more challenging for him. He saw his dream slipping away as he fought harder to master the material while his grades were increasingly dropping. He knew he had to do something fast.

Bob’s friend, also a massage therapist, shared an office with a hypnotherapist. He suggested that Bob try hypnosis for test taking anxiety. Bob agreed to give it a try.

Bob didn’t know what to expect during his first visit but the hypnotherapist quickly put him at ease and explained the process of hypnotic suggestion. Dr. Ra answered all his questions and put to rest any concerns that he had about ‘losing control’. She told him that he would, in fact, be in control of the process at all times. She explained that she would simply help him to obtain a state of deep relaxation from which he could arouse himself at any time, if necessary.

While in this expanded state of awareness, Bob’s innermost, subconscious mind would be more available to listen and accept any suggestions or ideas that he perceived to be useful or helpful. His mind would automatically reject any suggestions that went against his own personal values and beliefs.

Relaxing in a recliner, Bob quickly entered a state of light, alpha hypnosis while listening to the soothing voice of the hypnotherapist instructing him to release tension from every part of his body, bit by bit. After a few more minutes of deep relaxation, Bob was ready to receive suggestions that would help end his problems with memorization and test anxiety.

Dr. Ra had Bob mentally visualize himself in his study area, picturing his desk, books, papers and even any beverages he would normally have on hand to drink. Once fully there in the scene, Dr. Ra had Bob mentally review his study habits, suggesting that his mind would be relaxed, receptive and that he would remember fully and easily any information that he read or studied.

As Bob re-experienced each phase of his study routine in trance – reading over notes, repeating information out loud, even taking rest breaks – Dr. Ra continued to suggest that he was fully retaining all the information easily and effortlessly.

Dr. Ra further instructed Bob that when a question about the material that he was studying was put to him, either verbally or on a written test, him mind would immediately bring the information up to a conscious level, making it instantly available for full recall.

Bob was instructed to feel himself in class, taking a test. He was advised to see himself relaxed, confident, and feeling great. He was to image himself confidently answering test questions while visualizing a study period in which he had full and easy recall of the test material. He was reminded to remain relaxed, confident and assured of his success.

After fully visualizing himself confidently taking the test, Bob was instructed to see himself later receiving notice of his test results, he was directed to feel the excitement and sense of good self-esteem that came from scoring well on the test. He was asked to hear the positive comments of his teacher and the congratulations from his friends.

Once Bob had fully visualized his success, he was more certain about his ability to make his dream a reality. With a few follow-up visits and instructions for self-hypnosis reinforcement, Bob soon accomplished his goals.

Bob’s dream really did come true after all. He graduated as one of the top students of his massage therapy class, thanks to a little help – and some good advice about the benefits of hypnosis – from his friends.

If you or someone you know suffers from test-taking anxiety or trouble with studying and memorization, hypnosis might be the answer.

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