Monthly Archives: September 2009

Darnell's goals

Here’s Darnell talking about his goals

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Providing hope and guidance to succeed

Local Oakland Social Issues Examiner and education blogger Jen Slusser is on the lookout for things that make a difference in education. I was fortunate to meet her at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast. She was most interested in the book and wrote a very positive short article about it.

Here’s Jen’s article:

I went to a Chamber of Commerce event about social media. I got dragged there by my job. Anything to get out of the office, right?

I arrived in Oakland and helped myself to a way-too-small-tea-cup of coffee. I enjoyed drinking my caffiene and just watching others mingle. There is something reminiscent of my days in Los Angeles in this room. It’s that incessant ‘selling’ of oneself. I observe this parade of adults smiling and introducing themselves for no other reason than to find that odd instant when pushing a business card at this stranger feels only mildly offensive. Shamless.

I tuned out and doodled on the napkins, awaiting the speaker – set to begin within five minutes. That’s when I heard the dull and rapid thud of a keypad next to me. I turned to find a gentleman on his laptop preparing a digital document to take notes for a lecture. Aside from a few “what did he say’s?” in the course of the presentation, Ben and I didn’t have a chance to talk. Just afterward, however, we introduced ourselves. I liked him right off the bat because he was easy to talk to.

We spoke about the world we live in, all that is wonderful about it and some of what is miserable. What we found is that we both shared the desire to shed light on possibilities, opportunities and successes. One such success is his book. (see image above). I was fortunate, after he and I spoke, to receive a PDF of his book for review. If you haven’t heard of him, consider yourself informed. My impression of him is that he is a man of quiet and passionate service. He provides hope and guidance to succeed.

Get the book. Read it. Then pass it on to a dear friend. Make sure your kids get their hands on it too.

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Senator Boxer: "I want this book for my grandson"

Senator Barbara Boxer wants THE WORKBOOK FOR TEST SUCCESS for her grandson

Senator Barbara Boxer wants THE WORKBOOK FOR TEST SUCCESS for her grandson

On my recent trip to the nation’s capital I had the privilege of meeting Senator Barbara Boxer of California.

I admire Senator Boxer and was very pleased to show her my book. She read the front and back cover and said, “I want this book for my grandson,” and she scooped it up and put it in her shoulder bag.  Not so fast Senator!  I scooped it back and said, “That’s my only copy!”

Her assistant gave me his personal mailing address to send him a copy, which he hand delivered to the Senator (thus avoiding it being stuck in the Senate mail room forever while it was irradiated, vacuumed, torn apart, and goodness knows what else for security purposes).

Thank you, Senator, for your interest and being a great grandparent! I hope that your grandson profits well from using The Workbook.

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Do you have test anxiety?

Do you have test anxiety? Are you stressed out when you have to take a test?

I would like to encourage anyone to let me know their experience with test stress and test anxiety. I would like this blog and website to be a resource for people: students, parents, teachers and school administrators and counselors.

Yes, we are selling my book from this website; but the real purpose of The Workbook is to provide valuable and necessary tools for people to deal with test stress, which is so prevalent in our culture. The book is not only for students, but for teachers, parents, and school administrators. It seeks to correct the lopsidedness of test preparation, which is all focused on content. The Workbook focuses on the you, the test-taker, and what you need to make the testing experience one that is empowering rather than debilitating.

When do you experience test stress? What effect does it have on your performance? on your life?

Do you have test anxiety?

Do you have test anxiety?

By sharing your story — and receiving a response– you could be helping many many people.

I encourage you to write in.  Thanks!  Dr. B

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Some nerves can help!

A blogger in the south wrote about having terrible test anxiety the night before her first exam of the semester. One thing that’s important to remember is that a certain amount of anxiety or nerves before a test is actually a good thing– it gets you ready, “primes the pump”, and gives you the energy to do your best. What happens, however, is that for most people this gets out of hand, and, because it goes unchecked, the anxiety grows and becomes unmanageable (hence, it’s hard to sleep, or think properly). This was shown in a now-famous graph called The Yerkes-Dodson Curve. (As soon as I can figure out how to insert the graph into the post I will– bear with me!).  The point is: keep your stress at the right level. Use the tools in the book– particularly breathing, grounding and sensing.

I’ve trained students to raise SAT and GRE scores 100-300 points just by regularizing their breath through the course of the test.


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LA Public Library orders 275 books!

The Los Angeles Public Library Foundation notified us today that they are purchasing 275 books:  one for each of their 72 branches and 200 to give away to middle school students at a fall motivational event they run every year. This is a terrific stamp of approval for The Workbook. Albert Johnson, Senior Librarian of the Young Adult section of the main branch of the LAPL, loved the book and championed it for the branches and the seminar.

Los Angeles Public Library Main Branch

Los Angeles Public Library Main Branch

Here’s a photo of the main branch of the LAPL. The building is a classic, and has a modern addition that is beautiful.

Coming soon:  these posts I am going to start offering tips for test success, for dealing with test anxiety, and for raising your test scores. Stay tuned!

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