It seems like all I do these days is study. I’m studying like it’s my job, people! That would be great, actually… to get paid to study. I feel like I could excel as a professional student.
I have scrambled eggs for brains my brain is full to the brim with personal training knowledge right now and can’t possibly think about anything else, I thought we could talk about studying! Several months ago, I did a post on my NASM study plan, and today’s post will serve as a follow-up to that one, focusing on the study tools that I’ve come to love over the past 6 months.
Highlighters & Alpaca Erasers – The highlighters highlight all the important info and keep me awake with their bright colors. The alpaca erasers literally serve no purpose other than making me happy because come on, they’re really cute.
Flashcards – Flashcards are my everything. I made a preliminary set of 5x7s as I went through the book chapter by chapter, and have since made a second set of 4x6s as part of my review process.
Notebook – I’m a writer, not a typer (typist?). Ok so I type all the time. But if I really want something to sink in, I need to write it out by hand.
Sticky Flags – These little guys make the best bookmarks and it’s nice that they remove easily and don’t leave a sticky residue because I’d like to sell my textbook someday.
Coloring Books – My Human Anatomy coloring book has been a legitimately useful tool as I’ve tried to learn all of the muscles in the body.
My Enchanted Forest coloring book has also served an important purpose: stress-reliever.
Upward Mobility NASM Personal Trainer Exam Prep App – Over the course of the past six months, I’ve tried out several CPT exam prep apps (both NASM-affiliated and not) and this is the best one I’ve found. It wasn’t free, but the $5.99 was worth it. In recent weeks, it’s become my most valuable study tool.
Kevin & Kevin – Have done very little to help me study, other than keep my lap warm. But that’s still something.
So those are all of my most-used study materials. If you are in the process of studying for your certification, or have already taken and passed the exam, please feel free to share some of your favorite study materials in the comments below!
Wow. I never really noticed how colorful all of my study materials were until now. Well, that’s not true; I noticed yesterday when some highlighters snuck into a shot of Andrew’s birthday jam bars. I thought it was cute that the rainbow highlighters matched the rainbow sprinkles.
Have a lovely Tuesday, everyone.