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Barnard College President Sian Leah Beilock: To succeed when it counts, closely mimic “game day” conditions

To succeed when it counts, closely mimic “game day” conditions. It’s not enough to practice; you must practice under the same conditions under which you’ll be expected to perform. You might say, “Oh, I’ve got this information.” Maybe you’ve read through your notes in the parking lot or lobby before a big pitch or presentation or you’ve practiced shooting free throws when no one’s watching. But what my research and others’ has shown is that you have to mimic as much as possible the kinds of conditions you’re going to perform under because that gets you used to what happens in these situations. Practice in front of someone else — or at least in front of a mirror. Purposefully making yourself nervous during practice sessions helps ensure the “big day” doesn’t seem like such a big deal.

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