Visualization Boosts Confidence

How students can use visualization techniques to improve test scores.

Test anxiety can be a big problem for ADD students — often, they know the material but have trouble demonstrating that they do. Visualization is a relaxation technique that boosts confidence and allows students to recall information with accuracy and ease.

Have your child follow these steps before each day’s study session.

1. Set a timer for 10 minutes.

2. Sitting at your desk, close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths.

3. Picture yourself taking the test. Visualize success: You know every answer. Imagine that your perfect responses fill the paper.

4. Feel your confidence grow as you watch yourself completing a perfect exam.

In study hall or in class, just before the exam, he can do a two-minute version of this exercise.

This article comes from the October/November 2006 issue of ADDitude.

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