The past few weeks you’ve been hearing my ‘confessions’ (here and here if you missed them). But I want to prove to you that I’m not the only health blogger who doesn’t always have my sh*t together.
Today Sophie from The Fit Pixie has something she wants to tell you.
“I’m studying an ‘Exercise to music’ qualification, but I find it hard to learn choreography.
When teaching a routine you need to be slick- it’s not just a question of knowing what to do, it needs to be like second nature. The instructor also needs to give plenty of cues so that clients can follow along seamlessly, otherwise it is frustrating for them and they might not feel like they are getting a good workout. Plus there is the need to teach good technique and watch the participants to make sure they don’t injure themselves.
But it’s amazing how difficult it is to count whilst you’re talking! It has been frustrating, and at times I did not think I would ever be able to pass my assessments, let alone build a career… but I am improving.”
Sophie’s Top 3 Study Tips
“These are a few pointers which have really helped me get my head- and my feet- around the challenge of committing my work-out to memory. They are quite universal though, so if you’re struggling to study for anything in your life I hope they will help:
1) Work out how you learn best
You might need to hear things spoken aloud to remember them properly, or you might need to see diagrams. You may learn best through doing, in which case you are a kinaesthetic learner. It is possible that a combination of methods work best for you. For me, writing things down with an old fashioned pencil and paper really helps. There is no wrong way to study- if covering your house in post-it notes works for you, then go to town with the yellow stickies!
When learning for a test, try to visualise yourself in situ- and don’t forget to visualise things going well. In my choreography situation this is super-helpful, because I need to know that I can perform the routine as well as instruct. Anyone looking into my house might think I had a few imaginary friends judging by the number of times I’ve talked them through some aerobics. I hope it won’t feel so alien to be in front of a class now that I have rehearsed it so many times.
3) Be kind to yourself: mistakes are forgivable
Of course it is best to take an optimistic outlook and work towards being the best that you can be, but also try to keep your studies in perspective. The immediate outcomes may be key to your long-term goals, but do ask yourself what is the worst that could happen if you aren’t perfect just at this point? This can help keep any anxieties in check. There can sometimes be just a small shift in perspective between being president of your own fan club or your harshest doubter in these situations.”
The words in quotations from Sophie at The Fit Pixie. Sophie loves yoga and guest posts for Yoga Matters. She also loves being outside and active and is really interested in ethical sportswear. Connect with her on twitter and instagram.