There are several study methods to increase your chances of passing the personal trainer exam. Implement these tips into your own study strategies to help you understand the certification content and make the exam easier for you
1. Slow and steady, don’t sprint – It’s important to note that you usually have an extended period of time to take the course and utilize all of your study materials. Most programs give you a 6-12 month exam voucher. Start studying earlier and do a little at a time so you can comprehend it all. Don’t try to cram and process all of the information a week before your exam voucher expires.
2. Have study plan, stick to it – This relates to the first tip. You have a set period of time before your exam. Make a plan that you can easily follow that allows you to study at your own pace but still have all the materials digested before the exam.
3. Know your weaknesses – If you have no experience in biology and physiology then you may want to study those sections more. Or if you are not very good at math or remembering formulas you may want to cover those sections more. Knowing what you are good at and knowing what you aren’t good at can greatly help you when you study.
4. Ask questions – This is a very important one! Throughout the course you will have many questions that you need help answering, or just concepts that you need clearing up. Do not be afraid to contact the organization if you have the capability to! It will save you a ton of headaches and you will comprehend the information so much more.
5. Know which sections are weighted most – Many sections of a programs course will be longer or weighted more on the test. Check out your program information to find out which sections have more questions from them (or call or email the program) and remember to especially study those sections.
6. Utilize study tools – Utilize whatever study materials the course offers! If you have them, you might as well as use them!
7. Understand the content in your own words – Sometimes the technical jargon can be completely befuddling. Go through and understand each of those terms in your own way. For instance, if the word is “isometric” you can picture the exercise walls-sits and know that the joint angle of the knee is not moving. So isometric to you means an exercise in which the joint doesn’t move or the muscles don’t lengthen.
8. Don’t just read, practice – Be sure to do the practice tests if you purchased them! They will allow you to see how the question will be worded and their difficulty level on the real exam.
9. Use flashcards – Flashcards can be a really valuable study commodity. Flashcards come in handy for studying muscle groups, exercises, and joint movements/actions.
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