We’ve all heard or read the old saying “study hard”. Especially in reference to schooling or goal setting such as passing a test or exam. Well iPhone thing I learned, especially as an adolescent, is that hard studying is not always the most effective strategy.

When we are in a challenging educational or professional pursuit of success we often get stuck in a mindset of more studying and harder studying and more hours of dedication to duty as being the only route to take. Well I always argue that that way of doing things is archaic and outdated. Because in today’s day and age of struggling learning styles and slow-to-start careers we have to know where to draw the line between a time for work and a time for play. And that applies to adults as children. If we work hard all day and don’t allow ourselves for pursuing hobbies, leisurely activities, or relaxation we overwhelm ourselves and it’s common to become unhappy or unpleasant to be around. You know the old saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.

As a hypnotherapist with a master’s degree in special education I always help my students over come test anxiety with no only personalized hypnosis to crush any fear or self-limiting beliefs, but also more effective study methods to create healthier study habits. One of the first things I do in a consultation or interview for a test anxiety client is I determine how they are studying and how it makes them feel. And they usually tell me that their ways of studying make them feel overwhelmed, and sometimes exhausted. This is usually because they have failed to pass an exam at least once and their first instinct is to not only study more and sometimes acquire more study materials, which makes them even more overwhelmed. And it doesn’t work out for them so well.

So what I do is I teach them one technique I learned when I was in high school. And that is to zero in on the material you don’t know very well or the material you are struggling with first and foremost. For a test, particularly a retake, don’t study everything. Don’t focus on what you already know and understand, because that act is far too redundant and it’s a waste of time that could be spent on the more difficult things you have to comprehend or memorize. This does seem somewhat counterintuitive, but one of the biggest misconceptions I hear from people is that they’ll forget what they already learned, and very rarely is that true. I tell my clients that the only time that’s necessary is when they know for sure that they forgot one little detail they learned that pertains to the material they are studying or reviewing. And that’s totally okay, because it’s nothing more than just a quick refresher course.

Like many of my clients, I too spent many years struggling to pass tests. And I am here to share with my audience some powerful and effective tools to pass any test or exam. From a simple classroom quiz to a professional licensing, certification, or credentialing exam.