“Beyond the Content” Shows How Mindfulness Can Help Students Succeed on Standardized Tests

Posted Jul 10, 2019


By Logan Thompson

Publisher: Kaplan Publishing

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Price: $14.99/Paperback; $9.99/Ebook

ISBN: 978-1-5062-4847-9/Paperback  

ISBN: 978-1-5062-6315-1/Ebook

“Beyond the Content” Shows How Mindfulness Can Help Students Succeed on Standardized Tests

When preparing for standardized tests, most students only study content and strategy. But teacher and mindfulness expert Logan Thompson claims that those are just the tip of the iceberg.

Beyond the Content shows readers how to use mindfulness to identify and cope with hindering thoughts and emotions—what author Logan Thompson calls “passengers.”

Thompson says that while mindfulness is already practiced in businesses, colleges, and professional sports to optimize performance, it’s long overdue in test prep.

In his book, Thompson explains, “The other half of test prep is the world of fleeting thoughts and emotions, always flickering, always murmuring inside your head, usually going unnoticed and unremarked upon. They shape our perceptions and perspectives. And they dictate our performance on tests. The other half of test prep is happening all the time, whether we like it or not. Your mental and emotional state, your surfacing memories, your underlying beliefs are always there. The good news is that, by acknowledging the other half of test prep, exploring it, and working with it, you can gain access to your full potential.”

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 completed a two-year mindfulness teacher-training program by Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). Thompson holds a master’s 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.

Beyond the Content is available wherever books are sold.

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“In a lively, down-to-earth, and engaging fashion, Thompson explains how our busy minds and upset feelings can sabotage our success—and how mindfulness and self-compassion can help save the day. A must-read for test-takers, and for others seeking to improve their performance under pressure.”

—Jerome T. Murphy, Dean Emeritus, Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of Dancing in the Rain: Leading with Compassion, Vitality, and Mindfulness in Education                                                                       

Drawing on transformational teachings of mindfulness and cognitive psychology, Logan Thompson offers students a powerful guide for diminishing anxiety and bringing their best resources to test-taking. Lucid, good-humored, and totally accessible, Thompson’s book will help anyone seeking to cultivate genuine confidence, clarity, and focus in approaching standardized testing.”

—Tara Brach, Ph.D,  author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge


None of us is immune to stress and the mind’s propensity to lose focus and attach itself to a myriad of arising thoughts and distractions. Thus, anyone can benefit from the teaching offered here.”

—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love


“In an inviting and warm manner Thompson illustrates compelling examples and concrete practices of mindfulness and self-compassion. Unleash your capabilities, read this book!”

—Timothy J. Vogus, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor of Management, Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management

About Kaplan Publishing

Kaplan Publishing books and online resources provide the expert guidance that students need at every step of their educational journey—incorporating years of test-specific data and strategies developed by Kaplan Test Prep instructors and expert psychometricians. We offer preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including exams for secondary school, college, and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians, and nurses.