Archive for October, 2012

Navigating Performance Anxiety for Students and Athletes

Editor’s Note: This article is a guest post by Dr. Lindsay Shortliffe, a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Palo Alto, California.  She works with a wide variety of client concerns, and has specialized experience in work with adolescents and young adults from her work in university counseling centers.  She also specializes in working with anxiety and multicultural concerns.  For more information about her and her practice, please visit:

Do you ever find it difficult to speak up in class, even when you are pretty sure you know the answer?  Maybe you feel overwhelmed when you have to give a presentation – your voice shakes, it seems like your heart is beating out of your chest, and you have trouble remembering what you were planning to say.  Do you find that no matter how hard you study for an exam, when sitting down to take it, you blank out and have difficulty focusing?  Or do you find that when playing a sport you have difficulty performing at your best when the pressure is on?  Although it can sometimes feel like you are all alone in these experiences, this type of performance anxiety is actually quite common among students.  Continue reading ‘Navigating Performance Anxiety for Students and Athletes’

What is the PSAT?

As students enter 10th and 11th grade and the specter of college admissions testing looms on the horizon, the first test that most students take is the PSAT. Because many schools administer the PSAT during school hours, the PSAT often creeps up on unsuspecting students who have little conception of what to expect. So, what exactly is the PSAT? Is it the same as the SAT? Does it count for anything? Should students prepare for it? This article will answer your questions about the PSAT. Continue reading ‘What is the PSAT?’