According to the book, “Grit,” written by, Angela Duckworth, there are four requirements for deliberate practice. They are as follows:
1) A clearly defined stretch goal.
2) Full concentration and effort.
3) Immediate and informative feedback.
4) Repetition with reflection and refinement.
When your body feels stress, it releases the hormone cortisol. When your cortisol levels are high, your memory is adversely affected. High stress levels are accompanied by lowered concentration levels, and a lowered ability to retain and recall information. Therefore, take a deep breath and try to be as relaxed as possible while you are testing and practicing. This will help to get your brain working for you instead of against you. Relaxation is key.