Audio Book: Building Confidence for Taking Tests

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Building Confidence for Taking Tests

By Jim Lohr

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Anxious thoughts about taking tests can block our ability to concentrate on whatever content we may try to read or understand. Many potentially good students become afraid of taking tests and become anxious when they are required to take tests in college or must take computerized exams to enter professions.

This program does not provide the content for a test in any specific course. Instead it teaches how to avoid anxiety about tests that often “freezes the mind.”   With calm, rational responses to the previously-feared situation, we can consciously focus on preparing for tests and take tests more comfortably.

Early in the 20th century, the Russian psychologist, Pavlov, found he could change a dog's behavior by conditioning.  American psychologists later found humans could condition away many of their own anxieties by combining muscle relaxation and visualization.

This audio book packages these skills for use at home.  The first two tracks explain how the program works, describe the muscle tensing and relaxing exercises and describe the mental visualization exercises.  Tracks 3-12 each provide one step from the classroom to completing the test.  Many people decide to repeat tracks 3-12 five to ten times and visualize each specific step calmly before moving on to the next track or step in the program.

"I believe that combining deep relaxation with repeated visualization reroutes thoughts about studying for and taking tests from the 'emotional part' of the central brain to the 'thought-and-plan-processing parts' of the frontal lobes of the brain.  Then you can study more comfortably and concentrate more fully while taking the test." - Jim Lohr


Jim's Credentials:

General Professional: (Starting with the most current items.)

Owner and President, J. Lohr Consulting & Publishing LLC, 2006-Present

Field Agent, American Family Insurance, Ames, Iowa, 1977-2009.

Assistant Professor and Basic Public Speaking Course Director and

  Developer of Graduate Program

  Department of Speech, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1971-1978.

Ph. D. in Speech, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1972.

M. A. in Speech, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, 1967.

B. A. in Philosophy, St. Mary’s College, Winona, Minnesota, 1966.