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Does anyone have any tips for remembering information? I have to do an exercise qualification in work. To pass I have to learn the names and teaching points for 49 different exercises. It's a distance learning course so all the info I have to learn is written text no diagrames some of them up to a page long. As you can see getting frustrated. Would really appreciate any advice or tips

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Hi the way I remember information is if I had 49 different exercises to remember is to break down each point and use pictures that can relate to similar things that you are working on. first of all you may find it hard so look at your first exercise what is subject you have to remember if you can give me some details I can maybe come up with strategies for you I always picture read I did this to get through my teachers qualifications I know you may find this way it's not for you but I find it works for me I had to plan ten-week course to the aims and objectives and do a presentation on the matrix standard's to do with teaching the only thing that got me throughout what I planned it all out you using pictures. And still today some of the teachers I give my presentation to can still remember about my presentation because of the pictures I used I hope this you

It's for an gym instctor course for work I have to rember the teching points for each exercise there are 49 of them in total

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MontannaVolunteer in reply to ClareLou

You will only get marked on a few. When you fill in your Excercuse routine for your client. You will only have to learn around 10.

Take your book to the gym. Highlight only the stuff you have in the gym/testing gym. And get nasty.

Name of equipment.


Silent demonstration

Teaching tips

Your turn.

Physically get on every piece of equipment. And say as much as you know. Record yourself. Mark yourself. Then repeat.

The teaching tips are very similar between machines. A wrist inline. Stand upright. Keep rope center line. Etc.

You find you will know everything in a few days.

And the you can prepare for your client.

Ps. Read the exam criteria. Or ask someone what is in the exam.

If you work in the gym, name all the piece you can see.

Good luck.

how long have you got before you are tested ? because the way I would go round this the ones i am finding hard to remember work on then fist. Is the test about the equipment will be used inside the gym and do you need to give clients instructions on how to use the equipment. because there are different ways but going around member instructions on how to use equipment I teach sugars craft and cake decorator and arts and craft and I have over 300 bits of equipment but I have to remember how to use and sometimes learners, Will coming with some equipment that I have used for such a long time and I have to show them how to use it.So can you tell me is it exercise instructions or how to use it exercise equipment I am sorry for asking you a lot of questions in order to help you if I can. Find a way so that you can remember the important part in that you need to know to get you through your test

It's both some of it is using machines like an exercise bike and weights and others is stretches using the body with no equipment. Thank you for taking the time to reply really appreciate it

I use morse code when I have to learn words fast. As I do not know if this will work for you you can also use a Pound Sterling 1.75 solution where you photograph each word and it is read to you and the text is marked during reading. Then I hear the word 10 times and write the word 10 times. There is word suggestion that when you click is spoken to you. When you click a little longer on the word suggestion the word is shown in a bobble. When the word in the bobble is clicked on it is inverted and read to you and the text is marked.

Forming rich associations is one of the recommended ways to remember many items. That's how the memory champions (yes, there are memory championships) do it. You can listen to Joshua Foer talk about some of the tricks like memory palaces (yes, the thing from Sherlock is a real thing) here:

But there's even an online tool that can be very helpful to memorize lots of stuff. It's called Memrise. See You can create your own cards, add associations and then practice memorising them. You have to create the card online but then you can easily load them onto your smartphone or tablet and it will present them to you in all sorts of smart ways and quiz you on them. Although, it's really just flashcards at heart, it does focus on forming associations, as well as brute memorisation.

Two methods : Flashcards ( drawings if possible - draw them yourself, colour them in and use colour coding) try to make up stories for each card. Stories about yourself doing the exercises for example.

Grouping - group them in piles that are similar and memorize the groups in order. Then you have to cram!

Association & visualisation are good techniques. Mind Mapping. Draw circles (like a cartoon) in the form of a flow chart. Maybe you should draw the equipment and memorise the exercise around each piece.

There's always luck involved they won't ask you about all 49 I'm sure.

There will be some that you know well already - put those to one side and concentrate on the others. Otherwise you end up learning what you already know, a waste of valuable time!

This works: go for a long walk and 'talk' through the exercises to yourself one by one - you'll surprised how many you already know.Things come flooding back.

Try to relax - forget the interview when you are memorizing things.

I have an interview too next week and I am worried about going blank. I'm going to take notes in with me. Is that an option for you? I wish you all the good luck in the world. Let us know how you get on.

I'm not sure if this helps, but when I was in college I had an art history teacher who gave pop quizzes. The quiz was all the paintings he had shown during class. We had to name the artist and his country, the title of the painting, the style and the year. And these quizzes counted significantly toward our final grade. Even the left-brained rote learners had problems with this one!

I used flash cards and found the pattern. I had a card for each artist. I then listed the painting names (remembering what they looked like was easy.) I then listed the style and country. As for the date, we had to be within five years. Since most artists painted the greatest works within a ten year span, I only had to memorize one date. I made up cards after each class and went over them as I walked to each class, at lunch, and in the evening a couple of times. After the quiz I tossed the cards, wiped my brain and prepared for the next one. (Once an artist was covered, that was it.) I aced the tests. And I hardly remember any of that info and have never used it in the real world.

I guess what you need to do is figure out the pattern. Can some of these be lumped together? I heard of one dyslexic who remembered the periodic table by giving each element a personality and lumping them together in families with family histories. (Artists already had personalities and histories.) And you will have to go over the flash cards more often than a left-brained thinker.

I hope you can use my method or combine it with some of the other suggestions. Good luck! I know this isn't easy because your right brain is thinking "who cares what you call it. How does it fit in the big picture?" Just because you can't remember the official name doesn't mean you don't know how to do it. But yeah, try explaining that to normies.

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Make your own diagrams. And give yourself lots of time. If you get tired like we do, give lots of breaks and spread it over days. If you are tired for the exam, then what's the point.

Read, diagram, recall.


only what is in the exam. Memory space is finite. Highlight the chapter in the book wih a pen. Then give yourself 45 or 30 mins to read. Underline the key facts.

Break 5mins


Mind map just the stuff you actually need, the topics, heading and facts only.

By diagramming you can see how they relate to each other. So you remember more with less effort.

Nb. You don't need to copy whole pages, as your mind will fill in the rest.

Draw your own pictures and label them to make them pictures.

Make you own rude rules to rennet stuff.

After Stop. When the you think you are full.

45mins Read your own notes for clarity. Following each branch.

Then get a blank piece of paper and write from memory. A, The diagrams, b, the spider diagram (mind map). C the facts.

This last bit is the most important. If you cannot recall it, it's not in your head. Compare. Mark your own paper. Then learn the stuff you don't know. Repeat until you are above the pass mark.

Limerick for remembering AZ. I used to confused the order L,M,N

Till this day I mutter, lick my n...s

Good luck.

Many thanks for all your responses. I had asked the company am studying with what other dylexic students have done to study - they had no idea and don't have a disability support tutor. So these responses have really helped. Once again thank you so much

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