Hypnosis for Exam Preparation
By Bunny Vreeland
Forgetting is a part of life. We forget 99% of everything that enters our head and we can be thankful that this happens. If all of our thoughts, impressions and ideas stayed with us our minds would become hopelessly cluttered. We would be unable to retrieve important facts buried under mountains of trivia.
There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t been frustrated by not being able to retrieve useful information – names, directions, what we came in the room for.
It is safe to say that, after Weight Loss, Smoking Cessation, and Stress Management, Memory Improvement is the area that most people will see Hypnotherapy services for. And, why not? Since the seat of the memory is the subconscious mind (The Hypnotherapist’s field of expertise).
One of the most reliable uses of Hypnotherapy is in the field of student studying and test taking. For most of us the use of Hypnotherapy can greatly reduce anxiety concerning tests and examinations. One client of mind, Sara, was dreading taking the DMV driving test, and after one session together, passed with flying colors.
There are many types of test anxieties. Such as, fear of tests, freezing and forgetting material that you know you know but cannot recall during a test, confidence problems, and mental blocks that sabotage testing performance. The relaxation of the hypnotic trance itself lowers anxiety and lets your body, mind, and mind-body relearn a positive, confident, and comfortable response to taking tests. It has been used successfully to treat test-taking anxiety at the high school, college, graduate, and professional board examination levels.
Hypnotherapy for memory and concentration is a natural and it works (when done by a professional). Seth, a lawyer, shares his experience with hypnosis as he was preparing for the Bar exam: I met Bunny Vreeland in Napa in 1999 when I was struggling to pass the Bar. I had taken the summer off to study as I had taken, and failed, the test twice. If I didn’t pass the third time, I would have to wait for 6 months to take it, again, and it would cost a lot more money. You can appreciate the pressure I was under. My wife told me about Bunny, having met her at an event. As I was down to the wire and ready to try anything, I called her. We spent two sessions, together, and I passed the Bar. What relief! I am now setting up my practice as a Family Attorney in Napa, CA.
How does memory work? Simply stated, memory is nothing more than a basic record of the events that have been picked up by our nervous system. Even single-celled animals can store information. Yet, everyone has had the experience of knowing something well enough but not being able to access it’s no small source of frustration when taking a test.