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  • Writer's pictureJasmine Wang

So all learning takes place in our head, right?

No! Learning is not "brain-bound." We experience and learn with our bodies as much as we do with our big brains. Test-taking is a physically challenging and athletic feat. I compare it to running a marathon. Ideally, a marathon runner trains and runs practice marathons many times before the race. They learn about themselves and how to take care of themselves before, during, and after to optimize their experience and their performance. the same rings true for standardized test taking. it may not feel as glorious, but the principles are the same: we simulate the environment as closely as we can, as regularly as we can before the test day. so you're not surprised when you're out of breath and exhausted by Section 3! So you can prepare for how to work with yourself and strategize in a way unique to you.


Standardized test taking is the means, but the opportunity for growth and transformation is very great. For 16 and 17-year-olds, this is often the biggest academic milestone before going to college. While it is not an indicator of potential or self-worth, standardized tests have become a rite of passage. in coming up against adversity, new forms of testing, students are challenged to face themselves -- their habits, their assumptions, their approach to learning in general. this is the reward. this is what we stand to gain by investing in a child's education.


This is what I model and practice with my students. If you're interested in learning and growing with me at Ivy League Prep, reach out today at jasminew@alumni.princeton.edu.


Sources: The Extended Mind, Annie Murphy Paul

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