Handy hints for home study

School Of Pilates Posted May 09, 2013 Future Fit Training


We asked our Home Study Manager, Ian Wright, to provide you with hints and tips to help you remember key information when studying our courses.

Handy hints for home study

Home study hint and tips – part 1 

Ian’s first tip is to try and include mnemonics as a method of learning specific facts. Go ahead and read what Ian has created for you….

Mnemonics are created as an aid to help you remember many types of information and typically used words, sentences or verses. The phrases will often remind you of the first letters of a number of complicated words.

When you create a mnemonic you need to remember to:

  • Write a list of facts you need to remember
  • Underline or bold the first letter of each fact
  • Create a rhyme, phrase or word that you will easily remember, using the first letters of each word

The more personal, fun and humorous these phrases are the easier you will remember them.

The first mnemonic that I learned at school was for the 5 great lakes in America. I learnt this when I was 8 years old and I still remember them to this day!

HOMES

Huron
Ontario
Michigan
Erie
Superior

Admittedly this has not come in very handy during my career in fitness – and I’m still waiting for the question to crop up in a pub quiz!  However, it proves the process works and you probably know some of your own mnemonics already.

Here are a few examples to help you when studying your anatomy and physiology e-learning courses:

Bones (cranial)

STEP OF 6

or

PEST OF 6

Sphenoid
  Temporal
  Ethmoid 
  Parietal
  Occipital
  Frontal
6

 

Parietal
Ethmoid
Sphenoid
Temporal
Occipital
Frontal
6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tarsals and carpals - fish fingers - a carp is a fish and carpals are in the hand, so tarsals must be in the feet

Tibia and fibula – which is which?Think of their sizes…

  • The Fibula is thin like a Flute
  • The Tibia is thick like a Tuba

Muscles

SITS

Supraspinatus
  Infraspinatus
  Teres Minor
  S
ubscapularis

The 4 rotator cuff muscles can be hard to remember, in particular is it Teres Major or Teres Minor?

A way to help remember this is: a cricketer is bowling, hurts his shoulder and SITS out for the rest of the game because they have a minor injury.

Muscles of respiration

Abdominal muscles

Don’t Exercise In Quick sand
  Diaphragm
  External intercostals
  Internal intercostals
  Quadratus lumborum

Spare TIRE
 
Tranversus Abdominis
  Internal oblique
  Rectus abdominis
  External Oblique

Cardiorespiratory system 

Cardiac valve sequence:

Try Pulling My Aorta

Tricuspid
Pulmonary
Mitral
Aortic

Movement

Here are a few hints for commonly confused movements:

  • Supination – ‘Soupination’ is to turn your arm palm up, as if you are holding a bowl of soup
  • Pronation – pronation (sounds like ‘donation’) is palm facing downward, as if making a donation or pournation as if you are pouring out whatever is in your bowl, both hint at the palm facing down

Supine and prone body position

  • Supine is on your spine
         Therefore prone is the ‘other’ one

Plantar flexion and dorsi flexion

  • Plantar flexion – this occurs when you squash a plant with your foot

Here’s one to finish on - when trying to remember how to spell POTASSIUM, think of 1 tea and 2 sugars.

Look out for further tips from Ian over the next few weeks; he’s got plenty of ideas to help you. And if you have created your own mnemonics please share then with us – we’d love to hear from you.

 

      

 

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