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Mindfulness during Finals


We have all been told by someone that there are many benefits to living a healthy lifestyle. But has anyone mentioned that healthy living can also directly impact exam grades? During this finals period, try some mindfulness exercises - they are actually proven to have a positive impact on test scores.

Mindfulness can be described as paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. It does not eliminate life stressors, but can instead help us respond to them more calmly and presently.

Practicing mindfulness can reduce mind wandering and improve performance on both reading comprehension and working memory capacity. A study published in the Psychological Science Journal shows that mindfulness training can help college students do better on the verbal reasoning part of the GRE.

The ABC’s of mindfulness involve:
A) Awareness – becoming more aware of what you are thinking and doing.
B) “Just Being” – avoiding the tendency to respond on autopilot, which might cause impulsiveness and decisions that are not thought through.
C) Seeing things and responding more wisely - by creating a gap between experience and one’s reaction in order to make wiser choices.

Cultivating mindfulness in your studying and daily behaviors can be an effective and efficient technique for improving cognitive function – leading to possible higher test scores.

Give it a try and see if being mindful can make a difference for you! If you would like more information from a professional contact the Counseling Center and Dr. Rose for extra help in incorporating mindfulness into your life.