Brain

C or T?

BlankI heard the question "C or T?" at Ashley Merryman's Keynote Address at the IECA Conference earlier this month.  The more I thought about this question, the more relevant it became.  This simple question can be applied to many aspects of life, including standardized testing and the college process. C stands for Challenge and T stands for Threat.  These words can be applied to the way we approach almost anything in our lives.  The word we choose to follow has a proven impact on our performance.

Is the task at hand a challenge or is it a threat?

  • If it is a challenge, the energy exerted is positive.  The task is approached with excitement.
  • If it is a threat, the energy exerted is negative.  This negative energy can lead to mistakes and panic.

Whether you are sitting for a test, auditioning for a play, applying or interviewing for a job, school or college, playing an important game or match, or walking on stage for a presentation, think CHALLENGE, not threat.

Sandy Aprahamian EDNavigators LLC

A Relaxed Brain Learns. A Relaxed Brain Functions.

IMG_6450A relaxed brain learns.  A relaxed brain functions.  Worry, fear and panic freeze the brain. Students need to learn how to relax their brain. A relaxed brain during a test is able to think and process the questions.  A brain in panic freezes.  Students need to learn how to turn off the negative thinking that sneaks in and leads to panic.  They need to learn how to relax their brain.

Some methods of quieting the panic and relaxing include:

  • listening to music
  • playing an instrument
  • taking a walk outside
  • any form exercising
  • running
  • looking at the ocean
  • spending time alone
  • spending time with a person who calms you
  • reading specific texts
  • writing (putting your worries onto paper exits them from your head)
  • breathing slowly
  • meditation

What method works for you?  Once you figure it out, incorporate it into your testing strategy.  Give yourself enough time to spare before the test so that you can prepare yourself to take the test with a relaxed brain.

Sandy Aprahamian, Owner, Independent Educational Consultant, EdNavigators