It is common for a college student to stress out about exams and homework assignments, and many look for tools and resources to help them combat that stress and anxiety before it negatively impacts their grades or college life.
Author Logan Thompson looks at one resource in his book, "Beyond the Content: Mindfulness as a Test Prep Advantage," in which he explores “the other side of test prep that isn’t just a concept.”
Mindfulness is defined by the Mayo Clinic as a “type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment” According to the American Psychological Association, 41.6 percent of students present signs of anxiety. Symptoms of anxiety in a college student can stem from sleep disruption, a students pulling all-nighters, loneliness, school work and disengagement from studies.
Thompson, who became an adjunct professor at Endicott last year, has incorporated his book into his classes. In his writing, Thompson discusses how to acknowledge what he calls “passengers.” Passengers are the thoughts and emotions that can distract an individual from performing at their full potential.
“[Passengers] shape our perceptions and perspectives and they dictate our performance on tests. The other half of test prep is happening all the time, whether we like it or not,” Thompson said. “Your mental and emotional state, your surfacing memories, your underlying beliefs are always there. The good news is that, by acknowledging the other half of test prep, exploring it, and working with it, you can gain access to your full potential.”
College campuses are engaging more in this practice and found it to be impactful on their students. According to NBC News, “studies show the practice may be an antidote to the high levels of stress and depression seen on college campuses.”
"Beyond the Content: Mindfulness as a Test Prep Advantage," can be found a Barnes and Noble, the Harvard Book Store, and is the number one release on Amazon for test and study skills.