WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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family matters "nervousness feeds on the unknown" The Relaxation Response In 1966 Dr. Herbert Benson published the book The Relaxation Response, in which he showed how various breathing and meditation techniques can reduce stress and counteract the fight-or-flight response. Since RADEKDREWEK / DREAMSTIME.COM then he and his colleagues at the Benson-Henry Center for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General Hospital have been researching, n n Focus your attention on your breathing. Breathe in deeply and then let your breath out slowly, counting with each inhale and exhale. (The combination of breathing and counting relaxes your body and helps you to focus your mind.) developing, writing about, and teaching a portfolio of stressbusters that can be effectively used by people of differing ages, learning styles, and personality types to elicit the relaxation response. Here's a simple exercise that the Institute teaches that can reduce stress almost immediately: n Sit quietly and comfortably. n Close your eyes. Students give high ratings to the Institute's Extra Edge workshops in which they learn effective techniques that reduce stress and anxiety and lead to improved academic performance, work habits, memory, coping ability, and self-esteem. Workshops are scheduled regularly and can be adapted for school and personalized settings. For more information see www.massgeneral.org/bhi/ei/extra_edge_teens.aspx. test. This physical and mental response to a potential threat ensured so that you can focus on what counts. Is it open book? (Do not their survival and can actually help you perform better today, if it is fool yourself into thinking this will be easier than a closed book managed appropriately. Here are twenty-five tips organized into test!) Will notes be allowed? If it is a standardized test that you are four overall tried and proven steps — over prepare, quiet your body anticipating, be sure to take advantage of myriad online resources and mind, put your best foot forward, and refine the process — for to help familiarize you with the test. befriending the butterflies that will make your test -taking more comfortable and successful. 2. Knowing what will be on the test and how it is likely to appear, map your learning needs. What do you already know? What do We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 you need to learn? What don't you need to study for this test? Over Prepare 3. Determine the best way for you to learn what you need to know. Nervousness feeds on the unknown, so do what you can to bring cer- Meet with your teacher? Create study guides? Share class notes? tainty to your test preparation. Consider the following steps: Reread the text? Review previous tests? Take practice tests? If 1. In the days leading up to your test, ask your teacher or professor preparing for a standardized test, does it make sense to hire a tutor what material will be on the test and the format the test will take 146 or join a group test prep class?

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