Study Effectively

Studying for exams is stressful. Making good grades these days is very important.  It doesn’t matter if you are studying to certify for your career of choice or if you are embarking on a new degree.  Either way, you have to pass each benchmark to move on.  Being able to study effectively for the test while coping with the stress is a part of the whole process.

Why We Fail To Study Effectively

People struggle to study effectively for many reasons.

A. Some people may have a mental block when it comes to a subject.

B. Others may struggle with staying focused on the task.

C. You may fear failure.

D. One of the more common reasons is exam anxiety.

E. It could be a little bit of all of the above.

It is important to remember that you are not alone. Exam stress and nerves can affect anyone. It doesn’t matter your age or experience.  You could be a student or a professional and still have trouble with studying or testing.  If you struggle with studying or exam anxiety, your grades may suffer.

Unfortunately, we have yet to determine a better way to examine people’s abilities in our society.  There is still a large emphasis on exams and that can create a lot of pressure. This can be overwhelming, which can lead to anxiety and stress. This can affect our ability to study effectively. If we fail to cope with these feelings appropriately, they can create a vicious cycle of intense emotions including depression, frustration, anxiety, and issues with our self-confidence.  Over time this can have a horrible effect on the unconscious mind, resulting in even greater performance-based anxiety.

What many people forget is that preparing for an exam is about more than just the information.  You can be knowledgeable on the subject, but not emotionally prepared for the obstacle you feel you are facing.  To make matters worse, if you are experiencing this negative cycle of emotions, you may be putting even larger roadblocks in your own path. Being able to remain calm, relaxed, focused and confident while studying and sitting for any exam will make it that much more likely that you succeed in your endeavors.

And the best part? This is a set of skills you can learn with a little bit of help from your hypnotist.

How Can Hypnosis Help?

  1. Hypnosis can help you boost your confidence in relation to testing .
  2. You can learn how to relieve those feelings of anxiety and panic.
  3. Sessions can help you discover coping mechanisms to deal with feelings of being overwhelmed by the material or the subject.

The power of the mind is simply astounding! There are so many things you can fix by just changing the way you think about the situation. When your mind is racing or frantic during a test, your ability to focus suffers.  This makes it harder to recall the information and results in poorer test scores.  However, if you can find a way to stay calm, cool, and collected while studying and taking the exam, you will be far more likely to recall everything you learned.

In short, hypnosis will help you recall the information with greater ease and accuracy while helping you to restore belief in yourself.

What To Expect 

Treatment generally begins with an initial consultation.  You will talk to your hypnotist to determine the best method of combating your struggles with studying.  When you meet for your session, the hypnotist will begin by helping you enter a relaxed state of mind. From here, things may vary greatly depending on what your hypnotist determines is the best course of action to treat your specific struggles.

Your hypnotist may ask you to visualize an upcoming exam or to pretend that you are about to take an exam.  You may be asked to explore the physical sensations you feel when stressed, anxious, or under pressure.  The suggestions used to help will vary depending on the individual’s needs and the situation.

For example:

  1. If your mind goes blank when you enter an exam room, the suggestion may be, “You are in control, you know the information and you can do it.”
  2. Or, if you are experiencing exam stress during a driving test, the suggestion may be a way of coping, such as “slow your breathing, remain calm and focus.”

The idea behind using these suggestions is to give you a coping mechanism and to help you prevent those negative feelings from affecting your efforts. When we participate in the cycle of negative emotions, we fail to remember that we can do this and that we have worked hard to study effectively.  We have to defeat our own self-doubt. Suggestion/visualization helps accomplish this. The coping mechanisms your hypnotist suggests to you during your session will come into play when you begin to feel those feelings while studying or during the test.

Keep Calm and Carry On

In the end, to study effectively you have to work towards remaining calm and relaxed, even if the pressure is building.  While stress can be a good thing and help us to boost our productivity, too much can hinder our capabilities. In addition to your sessions and the resulting suggestions, it is important to remember your own health. Just as focus and calm are important so are getting enough sleep, eating healthily, relaxing, and even exercising.  In order for your body to function properly these things are just as essential as being able to focus and remain calm.

If you feel your exam stress is affecting your daily life, hypnosis can also be very effective in combating sleeping disorders, panic attacks, and relaxation.