Episode 09 - Zoom In, Stress Out: Navigating Focus for Test Success

Episode 09 - Zoom In, Stress Out: Navigating Focus for Test Success

Feb 22, 2024

Welcome to "Zoom In, Stress Out: Navigating Focus for Test Success" on The Assessment Alchemist, where we turn the daunting world of assessments into opportunities for growth and success. Join your host, Tina Wiles, as we delve into practical strategies to sharpen focus before and during exams, helping students and educators conquer test anxiety and achieve peak performance.

This week’s episode of The Assessment Alchemist is brought to you by My2tor CEO and standardized test prep expert Tina Wiles. In this episode, Tina Wiles reveals the importance of teaching resiliency in a post-pandemic world. #TheAssessmentAlchemist We want to hear your thoughts on this episode! Send us an email here.

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In this episode, we cover:

  • The struggle with focusing during exams and how to overcome it.

  • Practical tips for enhancing focus while studying, including the benefits of learning in the same space and engaging your senses to improve recall.

  • How the Pomodoro Technique can boost focus and productivity during study sessions.

  • Strategies for maintaining focus during exams, including visualizing success, utilizing the Pomodoro Technique, and the importance of physical and mental health.

  • Innovative apps and tools like Focus Keeper and Flora to aid in maintaining concentration.

  • Techniques to regain focus during exams include activating the vagus nerve and taking mini-breaks.

  • The power of positive self-talk and visualization techniques to stay focused and motivated.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Focus Keeper app for time management.

  • Flora app for engaging focus with a gamified approach.

  • From Anxiety to Assets: A new checklist for schools to identify and address areas of lost resources due to test anxiety. Available at fromanxietytoassets.com.

Join us as we explore how to "Zoom In" on the material and "Stress Out" less during exams. Whether you're preparing for a big test or looking for ways to help students confidently navigate their assessments, this episode is packed with actionable advice and insights.

Don't forget to visit our website for additional resources and to get your copy of the From Anxiety to Assets checklist. Thank you for tuning in, and see you in the next episode of The Assessment Alchemist!

Magical Quotes from the Episode:

  1. If you have essential oil going or there is a certain perfume or cologne that somebody wears, if you smell it or have the oil diffusing while studying and then put the same essential oil on a wrist so that you can smell it while you're taking the assessment, It has been proven to help with recall. It's like our sense of smell can transport us back in time, linking memories with aromas.

  2. The Pomodoro technique is the best way I have found to encourage focus for short durations. You work for 25 minutes with complete focus, remove all distractions, and then take a five-minute break. This method not only boosts productivity but also helps retain information more effectively

  3. Visualizing yourself going through the test, answering questions calmly and confidently, can significantly help with focus. It's about getting in the zone, where you're so focused that each answer flows to the next. This visualization technique sets the stage for a successful exam experience

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