Before a stress inducing assignment, help students positively reframe their feelings of stress and shift from a “threat mindset” to an “opportunity mindset.”


  • Ask students to make a list of all the ways an upcoming task could go well and how it might benefit them.
  • Inform them that recent research suggests that arousal doesn’t hurt performance and can even help performance.
  • Suggest that they say the phrase “I am excited” out loud to themselves three times.