Tips for Studying in Massage Therapy School
You’ve registered for your classes, had your orientation, and maybe have started on your first few classes of massage therapy school. Congratulations! You’re officially one step closer to a career dedicated to helping people be well and feel their best. It’s an exciting time to work in the field of massage — the demand for massage therapists has never been higher.
But before you can start healing, you’ve got to successfully make your way through Massage Therapy Training, and for many students, that means getting back into the habit of studying and re-learning the processes that will help you retain what you learn in the classroom. As with any new habit, the beginning can be tough, but stick to these study tips and you’ll be back in the swing of things in no time!
Set a study routine: There’s a reason people swear by their routines: they’re effective. At the beginning of each segment, establish a study routine that works with your needs and schedule so that you’re setting yourself up for success from the start. Avoid setting lofty goals and unrealistic expectations that will cause you more stress. Instead, start small: commit to a 30- minute review every other weekday— you can always adjust up or down as needed. Remember, the goal here is to create a habit that will naturally incorporate itself into your daily routine. As time goes on, it’ll get increasingly easier to kick into “study mode” when you need to.
Find a group to study with: Our students come from all walks of life, backgrounds, professions, and educational foundations. Each one of you has different strengths to bring to the table – combine them in a study group to truly make the most of the resources you have at hand! Study groups can help you work through topics that you may have not fully grasped, and help you make connections both inside and outside the classroom that can enhance your time at NHI.
Create a designated study space: For most people, in order to fully concentrate on a subject matter, there needs to be an environment that allows for no distractions. That means no tv, no roommates, no kids… you get the picture. Even if it’s a spot at your dining table, establish a space that you’ll always go to in your home to study. That way, you’re clearly delineating your “study time” from your “home time” and people will know to give you your space to be dedicated to your studies for as long as you need it.
Find your balance: Treat your body well and it will reward you! A tired body makes for a tired brain; it’s imperative that as you work massage school into your busy schedule, you’re also making time for self-care, healthy meals, exercise, and of course, sleep. Pulling all-nighters to study may seem enticing, but if you’re sticking to these tips and learning as you go, taking an exam on no sleep could end up costing you rather than benefitting you!
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