Are there any special study methods that make academic courses easier for athletes?

Although I will be going to a state university on an athletic scholarship, majoring in physical education, with the goal of becoming a coach, I know I still need to learn how to study hard. I never seem to get into studying books. It has always been easier for me just to learn how to do anything than it is to read and write about it. I’m not sure I know what people mean by “effective study skills.” Can any study methods help a guy like me?

William Cain

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Blair Lewis on September 13, 2018

Studying “smart” takes time and effort. No special study method is going to change that. You should plan to spend as much time with books as you’ve ever spent in the gym. However, studying properly should keep your grades high enough to qualify for a teaching job.

Many books and websites offer lists of study tips. Here are “ten good ways to study” for athletes:

1. Think positively. You can learn and remember the material if you study it.

2. Stay well—not only physically, but emotionally and mentally. Avoid distractions like hangovers, fines, or evictions.

3. Consult your school’s tutoring service, or a good studying book (like the “Palgrave Study Skills Handbook”) or website, for more detailed explanations of the techniques summarized here. Colleges offer study help, both in person and online, free of charge, to anyone who needs it.

4. (This one may be the most important tip on the list.) Start preparing for the exam on the day you’re admitted to the class when you read the curriculum outline and at least skim the textbooks. Effective studying skills need daily exercise.

5. Use at least your hands, if not your whole body, to study. Take notes on each lecture; then reorganize your notes into a map or outline what you’ve learned so far. (Here’s an explanation of reorganizing your notes: http://lsc.cornell.edu/notes.html .)

6. Practice teaching what you’ve learned. Use chalkboards, whiteboards, maps, charts, PowerPoint to make your presentation dynamic.

7. Team up with classmates to repeat things you need to memorize. (You might also try repeating, or reviewing from a recording, while you run.)

8. Use any pre-printed notes, supplementary reading material, or study questions your teacher offers.

9. While studying, turn off the phone and hang out with serious study buddies. Connect with other friends at lunch, on weekends, and during breaks.

10. Staying up late to “cram” is a stereotype of how to study “harder” but not as well as the best students. Before a test, go to bed early, get up early, and have breakfast.

You have to develop solid study habits and an effective teaching techniques in order to become a good coach.

Eric Bates4 days ago

I like what you say about studying while you run! Why do colleges want people to sit still during classes? I cannot be at one place for a long time, I’m really energetic and I need to spend some time moving. I think that moving from time to time can help you concentrate better on your studies and have better grades. Personally, I review classes while walking. It’s the best study method I’ve found! That’s why I recommend everyoine to move more and try to combine stidying with some movements, it can help you remember some material in an easy way. 


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