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EFT enhances math scores

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Steve Rich is a math teacher in a University setting. As you will see below, he has applied EFT successfully to "math phobias" and other learning related issues. In one of his math classes he preceded every other math test with EFT and then collected the statistics. This gave him a meaningful look at EFT's influence on their test scores. He says,

"On the tests that were preceded by the EFT work, the class average increased by 6 percent over the tests without EFT. That meant each student received, on average, one letter grade higher (e.g. a B to an A)."

Here is the complete story.

By Steve Rich

Dear Gary,

During our phone conversation two weeks ago you asked me to relate to you my experience with EFT in the University Math Class that I teach two evenings per week. I hope this will be of benefit to everyone raising children, or teaching students who have test phobias...especially MATH phobias.

I have been teaching math for 38 years in the public schools and for 18 years I have also been teaching evening remedial math courses at our local university. For the last two years I have been an EFT practitioner and used EFT with tremendous success in my classes. I recall one student had "Math Test Anxiety" to the point that she physically could not attend school on the days I tested. ONE round of...Even though I can't recall what I have learned when I take a math test.....completely eliminated her test anxiety and she was able to test with the other students for the rest of the year.

My greatest success with EFT, however, has been with my university classes. MOST of these university students are still in remedial math courses because they have fear, anxiety or hatred for math. I wanted to experiment with EFT to see if it would help my entire class at once.

I began one semester class by casually talking about things in the energy world they were familiar with, such as "Left brain/Right brain" learning. Then I talked about a few of the physical exercises such as the "cross crawl" which facilitates the use of BOTH hemispheres of the brain. Next I talked to them about acupuncture and the energy meridians used there. I then asked the class if anyone had heard of EFT and got only blank stares.

I explained to my class that, "SOME RESEARCHERS SAY, if you tap on your energy meridians while you think of the problems you have with math, that those problems seem to go away. Would you like to try an experiment and see if it really works?" They were all for trying "this new thing called EFT"

I showed them the places we would be tapping and furnished the set-up phrases for them....

  • "Even though I hate math...."
  • "Even though I can't understand math..."
  • "Even though I have never liked math...."
  • "Even though I study hard and do alll my homework I just can't remember anything when I take a math test..."
  • "Even though I have this math anxiety..."
  • "Even though I have test anxiety, ESPECIALLY math test anxiety...."

I told them that we ought to just do this tapping procedure every other test so we could tell if our experiment really made any difference.

I had many of the students come to me after or before class and tell me that they really felt a difference with their math anxiety. Some even asked me to use EFT to get rid of their migraines and other problems, which I did. At the end of the semester I tallied up the results. On the tests that were preceded by the EFT work, the class average increased by 6 percent over the tests without EFT. That meant each student received, on average, one letter grade higher (e.g. a B to an A).

Now, as the university students ask their friends which math teacher they should sign up with, many relate to me that they were told to sign up for the "TAPPING PROFESSOR'S" class.


Steve Rich


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