Handy hints for home study
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.
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!
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:
STEP OF 6
PEST OF 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
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
Don’t Exercise In Quick sand
Cardiac valve sequence:
Try Pulling My Aorta
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.