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  • - Here are my tips for reducing stress

  • around taking important tests.

  • Tip one, build a habit of practice.

  • Building a habit of practice is super valuable.

  • I know I'm guilty myself of sometimes I get so caught up

  • with something, or I'm stressed about something,

  • that I almost freeze.

  • But it really should be the other way around.

  • I try to remind myself that, Sal,

  • if you put time in on a regular basis,

  • if I use things like Official SAT Practice

  • to take practice tests, understand my strengths

  • and weaknesses, work on where my weaknesses are,

  • and I do it on a regular basis,

  • that's my best chance of actually improving.

  • And we have studies that show there's a strong corelation

  • between students who are able to put in even six hours

  • and growing 50% more than expected.

  • So I really encourage you don't get too obsessed

  • with the outcome, but think about what can I do

  • on a regular basis, not all at once,

  • not binge-practicing, but what can I do

  • on a regular basis, day in, day out,

  • and you'll be really impressed

  • how much the gains will accumulate.

  • Tip two, share your feelings.

  • One of the things that it's taken me many years

  • to discover the wisdom of, and I hope to share it with you,

  • is whatever is going on in your life

  • that you think is unique to you, it's not.

  • It's probably happening in the minds

  • of everyone else around you, even those people

  • who look perfect on social media

  • and always seem to have their act together

  • and their hair perfectly combed and great grades,

  • they're feeling the same things, the same stresses,

  • the same insecurities in their mind.

  • They might even be feeling far more than what you are.

  • And so do yourself a favor and do them a favor

  • by being vulnerable and talking about it

  • and talking about how you can actually support each other.

  • I gotta tell you, even when I was a student like you,

  • and even today, as I try to navigate my own life,

  • by being able to have a support network,

  • people who I can commiserate with,

  • it really helps lower the stress.

  • And that's just gonna make you a healthier person.

  • But also, the more relaxed you are entering

  • into these tests, the better you're going to perform.

  • And tip three, keep a bigger perspective.

  • One thing that some of us adults often forget

  • is how sometimes stressful the stage of life you're in is.

  • Us adults, we say, oh, I gotta pay bills.

  • I gotta do this, I gotta pay the mortgage.

  • But I can guess what's going on in your mind,

  • 'cause I went through it myself.

  • You're saying, hey, I've gotta do really good

  • on this test, because if I do good on this test,

  • then I might be able to have that opportunity.

  • If I do well with that opportunity,

  • then I'll get that opportunity.

  • And then my life will be perfect.

  • But if I don't do well,

  • well then that opportunity might not happen.

  • And then that opportunity might not happen,

  • and then what will I be?

  • Who will I be?

  • And what I'd like to tell you,

  • and I'm literally, I'm not making this up,

  • I have gotten rejected and I failed at far more things

  • than you can imagine.

  • And even though in the moment,

  • I sometimes thought all was lost,

  • a week later, six months later, a year later,

  • I realize that actually it wasn't that big of a deal.

  • And in some ways it was a blessing,

  • 'cause maybe that wasn't the thing for me.

  • And so when you go into test-prep mode,

  • yes, of course, you wanna do as well as you can,

  • but that score isn't you.

  • It doesn't define you.

  • You are so much more than that one score.

  • You are so much more than what school you get into.

  • And I'll tell you a secret.

  • And this is after being out in the real world

  • for over 20 years.

  • I've actually haven't seen a big correlation

  • between where someone happened to go to school

  • and how successful they might be.

  • And I even did the successful in air quotes

  • because what society calls successful,

  • money, fame, all of that, I gotta tell you,

  • also does not correlate with real happiness.

  • Real happiness is knowing who you are,

  • doing what you can, but not getting obsessed with outcomes,

  • not coveting things, not coveting, I must do this,

  • I must do that.

  • Because no matter how much money you make,

  • or how famous or accomplished you get,

  • if you have that mindset, you'll never be happy.

  • But if you say, look, I'm gonna be my best self.

  • I'm gonna do right by myself and right by the world,

  • and things will play out as they see fit,

  • then you'll always be content.

  • And you'll actually be far happier than most people

  • on this planet.

  • So those are my tips for reducing stress

  • as you approach these types of tests

  • and a little bit of general life advice too.

  • I hope you take it to heart.

  • Take it with a grain of salt too,

  • but I believe that it might be really valuable.

- Here are my tips for reducing stress

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How to reduce test prep anxiety: 3 tips from Sal Khan

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/27
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