Managing Anxiety

Anxiety is, unfortunately, a big part of the testing process for many people. At No Anxiety Prep, we aim to combat that through the following...


  • Proven, methodical strategies. Strategies use the tests’ predictability against themselves, and provide a codified blueprint for test takers to use that reduces stress and off-task thinking.
  • Familiarity. Tutoring and quality practice with the test material yields familiarity, and being familiar with the test topics can reduce that feeling of “facing the unknown.”
  • Breathing and stress relief exercises. We encourage students to use inner mantras, meditation and mindfulness exercises to reduce their anxiety.


To the right are some articles and exercises to help manage anxiety.

Impact of mindfulness on the neural responses to emotional pictures in experienced and beginner meditators


Neural correlates of focused attention during a brief mindfulness induction


Effects of mindful-attention and compassion meditation training on amygdala response to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state


Mindful emotion regulation: An integrative review


Other Helpful Information

Book List

Recommended Reading List on College Admissions (For Interested Parents AND Students!):

The Gatekeepers, Jacques Steinberg

A is For Admissions, Michele Hernandez

The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy, Nicolas Lemann

Colleges That Change Lives, Loren Pope

Looking Beyond the Ivy League, Loren Pope

What Colleges Don’t Tell You (And Other Parents Don’t Want You to Know): 272 Secrets for Getting Your Kid into the Top Schools, Elizabeth Wissner-Gross

Click here to purchase books for tutoring sessions

We appreciate you purchasing these books off of our links. By doing so, we get a small commission from Amazon, which we donate to charity. Thank you!