In today’s training, we will explore 4 strategies to help you boost your mental focus during anatomy revision.
As a trainee personal trainer, your anatomy exam is a crucial milestone in your journey toward becoming a confident fitness professional.
Many trainee FITPROs struggle with mental focus during their anatomy revision. This is not because learning anatomy is hard. It is often a result of learning HOW to study, and how to stay focused. Once you’ve got structure to your revision sessions you’ll realise just how easy it can be to learn and recall details for the exam.
This blog and video is for you if you…
- Put off Revision
- Get easily distracted and daydream
- have a lack of engagement in the content
- Are not remembering or recalling details
- Lose your train of thought
- Make careless mistakes
- Feel restless or agitated during revision
With the right approach, you can conquer the challenge of exam preparation and feel more confident in your knowledge.
Start by watching the video below, and then read the 4 tips and strategies. Finish up by testing your exam readiness with three mock questions.
Watch: Boosting Mental Focus During Anatomy Revision
1. Set a Timer
The human mind has a natural tendency to wander, making it challenging to stay focused for extended periods.
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that can significantly improve your concentration during revision. Set a timer for 25 minutes of focused work, followed by a 5-minute break. This interval allows your brain to recharge and prevents burnout, enhancing overall productivity.
During the 25-minute work session, eliminate distractions such as social media, notifications, and unrelated websites. Put your phone on airplane mode and spend 25 minutes totally focused on your anatomy revision.
On your break, you can scroll social media, get back to messages, go for a walk or have a coffee. The idea is to leave your revision station and change your state totally.
Train your mind to remain dedicated to the task at hand, knowing that a short break is just around the corner. With consistent practice, you’ll find that you can retain more information and stay focused for longer durations.
2. Set a Goal or Objective to Achieve in Each Revision Session
Approaching your anatomy revision without clear objectives can lead to aimless studying and reduced motivation.
This is the downfall for many trainee FITPROs where they read aimlessly through a series of chapters.
Before each study session, establish a specific goal or objective you want to achieve. For example, it could be mastering a particular topic like the heart and circulatory system. It could be memorizing 5 muscle origins and insertions. Or understanding a particular function in the body.
Setting clear goals helps you direct your attention and track your progress effectively.
As you accomplish each objective, you’ll experience a sense of accomplishment and motivation, encouraging you to maintain focus throughout your revision journey.
3. Use Video Tutorials to Keep Focus High
While reading textbooks is a vital part of anatomy revision, incorporating video tutorials can be a game-changer for maintaining focus.
Videos offer a dynamic and engaging way to learn complex concepts. The combination of visual and auditory elements stimulates multiple senses, making it easier for your brain to retain information.
Try making video tutorials the basis if your revision sessions and your primary learning method.
4. Mix It Up – Change the Learning Style
Monotony can be a major focus killer during anatomy revision. To keep your brain engaged and alert, vary your learning style. Instead of sticking to just one approach, experiment with different methods such as:
- Video: Video tutorials can be like having a mini tutor in your pocket that you can rewind and pause. Being taught via a video can help bring complex topics to life so even the most tricky topics make sense.
- Audio: Downloading the tutorials to MP3 is a great way to learn whilst doing other things. You can listen whilst walking, driving, cleaning or going to the gym. This maximises available revision time.
- Acronyms: Create memorable acronyms to help recall complex information. There are lots of acronyms to help you remember and recall details.
- Stories: Associate anatomical details with memorable stories or scenarios. This helps link the content to something you already know which will make it easier to recall.
- A One-pager: When writing notes, try to keep all of the notes inside one page per module or topic. This forces you to use abbreviations and focus on the highlights of the revision content. This will help prevent re-writing paragraphs and make it easier to retain and apply your new knowledge.
- Reading: Review textbooks, lecture notes, and study guides for comprehensive learning.
- Mock Questions: Solve practice questions to test your understanding and identify weak areas.
Incorporating a mix of styles, you create a stimulating and exciting revision session, making it easier to stay mentally focused.
Test your exam readiness with 3 Mock Questions
Look at the Multiple Choice Questions questions below and jot down your answer on scrap paper or as a note on your phone.
Then scroll down to reveal the answers.
1) Where does the biceps brachii muscle originate and insert?
A) Origin: Scapula; Insertion: Radius
B) Origin: Femur; Insertion: Tibia and fibula
C) Origin: Humerus; Insertion: Ulna
D) Origin: Pelvis; Insertion: Femur
2) Which chamber of the heart is responsible for pumping oxygenated blood to the rest of the body?
A) Right atrium
B) Right ventricle
C) Left atrium
D) Left ventricle
3) Which part of the nervous system is responsible for controlling involuntary functions such as heart rate and digestion?
A) Central nervous system
B) Peripheral nervous system
C) Somatic nervous system
D) Autonomic nervous system
Q1: Answer = A
Q2: Answer = D
Q3: Answer = D
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As a trainee personal trainer, mastering anatomy is a vital step toward your professional success.
Boosting your mental focus during anatomy revision is key to retaining essential information and feeling confident in your abilities.
Implement the strategies discussed in this blog, such as the Pomodoro Technique, setting clear objectives, using video tutorials, and varying your learning style.
Remember, consistency and dedication will lead you to excel in your anatomy exam and set you on the path to becoming an exceptional personal trainer.
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Hayley “Boosting Mental Focus During Anatomy Revision” Bergman
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