Study can be hard, don't let it get you down
Frequency, Intensity and Time aren't just fitness concepts. It applies to memory retention too. Try to set a study plan with a higher frequency of study sessions rather than longer durations. It can often be hard to set aside large blocks of time to study whereas finding 30-90min each night can be a more achievable task. Research has also shown that shorter study sessions completed more frequently results in greater information retention. See this Tiny Medicine episode for more;
Learn how you learn
More than likely you're mainly a visual or kinaesthetic learner, that is to say you learn best when you can see something or do something. There's a few different schools of thought on learning styles but most boil down to a mix of;
If you've never done a Learning Style assessment before, take 10 minutes to get a bit of an insight into how you learn. As the very least you'll then be able to look a tactics that work for you. If you're primarily a visual learner then you'd want flash cards but if your a kinaesthetic learner you might prefer to make it into a game or draw it out into a picture. Similarly if you're an auditory learner you might benefit from recording and listening to your notes vs a reading/writing learner that prefers to write their notes out 3 times to improve their retention.
Set yourself some goals and time lines; for example, when do you want to have an assessment completed? Identify the date and write it down in your diary. Breaking goals down into smaller components and setting a timeframe is essential. It's also good to be SMART when you set yourself some goals. Just like health and fitness goals, study goals benefit from the same principles. Check out The Art of Improvement complete guide to goal setting;
You might also want to check out our guide to setting yourself a study plan
Practice makes perfect
Just like reps in the gym, you won't grow something by doing it once. Especially if it is a client facing activity like delivering a group class in the gym or having a nutrition consultation with a client. Cramming is a bit of a myth, the human brain just can't consume larges amounts of information in one go.
Our brains have the ability to process the information we take in, but at a cost: We can have trouble separating the trivial from the important, and all this information processing makes us tired. Neurons are living cells with a metabolism; they need oxygen and glucose to survive, and when they’ve been working hard, we experience fatigue. Every status update you read on Facebook, every tweet or text message you get from a friend, is competing for resources in your brain.
So don't be disparaged if you don't get it first time around, we suggest reviewing the same information or practicing a client facing activity at least 3 times if not more.
Scio te ipsum
Know thyself. Socrates had it right, if you work better in the morning, try to study then. Conversely, if you are a night owl, use it to your advantage to fit in some study time in the evening. If you know you have to get your workout in first thing in the morning before you can sit down to study then listen to yourself. Study plans and SMART goals are all well and good but if you don't pay attention to how well you're sticking to them then you won't get the most from yourself.
Know that you can ask for help! If you are not sure just contact us, even if you think it is a silly question we can help to clarify it and keep you moving through the course.