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Tests and the Rest: College Admissions Industry Podcast

Aug 20, 2019

How can we succeed in the moment when we’re so burdened by thoughts of the past and anxious over fears of the future? The practice and application of mindfulness can keep a person fully focused on the present. Amy and Mike invited author and test prep professional Logan Thompson to discuss powerful strategies for using mindfulness for test and school success.

 What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. What is mindfulness?
  2. What is “the other half of test prep” and how can mindfulness help prep?
  3. What are the “passengers” that steer us wrong in stressful moments?
  4. How can simple acknowledgment of negative self-talk create better outcomes?
  5. What can educators, counselors, and parents do to help cultivate mindfulness?


Logan Thompson scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT®, GRE®, and GMAT®. He has studied and practiced mindfulness since 2008. After earning his MBA from Vanderbilt University, Thompson lived at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, for two and a half years, spending several months in silent mindfulness retreats. He also participated in a two-year mindfulness teacher-training program by Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBME). Thompson holds a Masters of Education in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and is an adjunct psychology professor. He has spent the past several years teaching both mindfulness and test prep for Manhattan Prep.

Logan is also the author of Beyond the Content: Mindfulness as a Test Prep Advantage.


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