Studying For Those Standardized Tests? You Might Want To Try Meditation.

urlMindfulness. Relaxation. Calmness. Those are words that most high school students don’t usually associate with standardized test taking.

However, a new study by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara has found that the practices of meditation and mindfulness training just might help students when it comes to taking tests.

A recent New York Times article explains that the Santa Barbara researchers conducted a two week-intensive study in which undergraduate students went through an intensive mindfulness training program and as a result found that their “mind-wandering decreased and their working memory capacity improved.” These students also performed better on a reading comprehension test portion of the G.R.E. These researchers have also recently worked with some local high school students to see if the results could be repeated using the SAT.

While of course there are many questions being asked of this study (such as how long do the effects last) the next time you are getting ready for a standardized test it might not hurt to give meditation a try. Just remember, it should never replace test preparation or practice, only add to it. Even if it doesn’t help your score it might help you take some of the stress of the tests away.



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Published by Mark Montgomery

Mark is a leading educational consultant. His experience as a professor, college administrator, and youth mentor help him guide students from around the country and around the world.

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  1. Yes, yes, and yes! While in college, I conducted a study on meditation and attention restoration. My hypothesis about attention was a bit faulty, but my results showed that students who meditated before performing memory tasks scored higher than those that did not. Thanks for shining some light on meditation for students!

    I’ll be writing articles for students as well, though moreso directed at saving tips. If you’re interested, you can follow me on Twitter:

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