Help! I Can’t Study and Tests Make Me Sick!

Do you or someone you know break out in a sweat when the word test is mentioned?  Do you groan when you think about studying and somehow avoid it, even though you know you need to do it?  Do you have trouble focusing on what you are studying? Or find that you just cannot recall the things you are sure you know when you are taking a test?  Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help.

Why do I have such a hard time with studying and tests?

Many of us have developed fears and negative feelings or emotions about learning, studying and testing.  These negative feelings lead to limiting beliefs based on our past experiences – beliefs like “I’m just not a good test taker”, “I’m not very smart”, or “I can’t retain what I learn.”  And these limiting beliefs unconsciously affect us by causing our desire and ability to learn, study, and test well.

Hypnotherapy helps students to use the power of the subconscious mind to change this cycle, eliminate limiting beliefs, fears, and emotions and create new, positive associations.  Clients normally find that in just a few sessions they can change their experience of studying or test-taking and dramatically improve their results.

You still have to do the actual work.  Hypnosis cannot help you pass a test if the information you need is not in your brain, just like it can’t help someone excel at a sport they don’t know how to play.  You still have to put in the time to get the data you need into your head.  It can, however help you to acquire the information faster, retain it better, and access it more readily when you are in test situation.  It can also help you increase motivation, boost confidence, reduce anxiety and tension, improve memory and focus, block out distractions, stop procrastination, and develop healthier, more effective skills and strategies.


How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis or trance states are natural states which most people experience several times a day. If you have ever:

  • been so deep in thought that someone needed to call your name more than once to get your attention;
  • been engrossed in a good book so that the rest of the world faded away;
  • or driven on “auto-pilot” and missed an exit;

then you have been in a form of hypnosis.  Hypnotherapy uses these natural trance states to help you make the changes you want to make in your life. The hypnotherapist uses a number of techniques from direct suggestions, to stories, imagery and visualization techniques to help you.

How Do I Know If I Can Be Hypnotized?

If you have the desire to be hypnotized and you are able to listen to and follow instructions, you can be hypnotized.  Certain people are naturally deep subjects; others experience hypnosis in a lighter state. Many people find that they can go deeper with practice. However, suggestions given in lighter states of hypnosis can be just as effective as those given in deeper states.

The bottom line is that hypnosis is a time-tested natural tool that can benefit any student.  There are many qualified Hypnotherapists in Santa Clarita.  Parents should determine that the Hypnotherapist they choose is certified, and has experience with teens and children. Depending on the age of the student, the student and parent may feel more comfortable having the parent attend the sessions.

If you have questions about Hypnotherapy for study or testing, you can contact

Karen Maleck-Whiteley for a free consultation.  She is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Owner of Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Rd., Canyon Country, CA, 252-0650.  If you are interested in more information about hypnosis and hypnotherapy, please visit

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