A Proven Way to Improve Focus and Concentration

A Proven Way to Improve Focus and Concentration

Taking up the daily practice of meditation may be just what your teen needs to get through high school – deadlines, homework, peer pressure, and standardized testing, etc. – so what I will be sharing may be a lifesaver for your teen. It was no surprise when I stumbled across this fascinating study done with college students. For two weeks prior to taking the GRE - a more sophisticated SAT used for admissions to graduate school - 48 students elected to be participants in a study to evaluate their working memory capabilities, performance and focus on the reading comprehension passages of the exam. They met four days a week for two weeks and practiced breathing and meditation techniques. The results from the study revealed that not only did these students diminish their tendency for "mind-wandering", they ultimately increased their scores on the reading comprehension. The average score on a practice GRE verbal section jumped from 460 to 520. Compound that with quality test...
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The 13 Most Essential ACT Strategies

The 13 Most Essential ACT Strategies

Be an 'active' test taker; don't passively work through the exam. What does this mean? Write stuff down in your test booklet! Active test takers are more focused. The stronger the focus, the higher the score. Underline line references, but ALWAYS begin reading at the beginning of the paragraph so you have context. On the initial read through, go through the options, cross out only the 'stupid'. Any option you pause to consider, even if it's only for a nanosecond, is not 'stupid'. Not only should you bubble in your answer on the scantron, but also circle it in your test booklet. If you inadvertently skip a question and don't realize until after you've answered several questions, then it's easy to remedy. REMINDER: Double check to make sure you bubble in what you have circled in your test booklet. On the Reading, always PREVIEW: Underline what's important in the header, then read the first sentence of each paragraph as...
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