Boost your home study skills with online study tools

Learning new Internet resources can be fun, and it could also make you a better massage student.

Many students benefit from using online study tools, but it can be difficult to know which programs and websites to use regularly. The best students know how to leverage their own skills, self-learning tools and work ethic.

Troubleshoot your studies

Catherine Ferrantia licensed massage therapist in Armonk, New York, affiliated with Armonk Physiotherapy and sports trainingrecommends that students begin by identifying their own learning styles and prior experiences learning new information. “Do you really need help with anatomy, or do you just need help with time management?” Ferranti asks.

Massage students, according to Ferranti, often need to troubleshoot their own home-study strategies and find the real culprit behind common study problems. This allows you to connect with the right online tools.

If your study strategy might need a major overhaul, consider looking for software that meets your unique study challenges. Ferranti recommends that students with time management issues, for example, consider using a Pomodoro technique® timer or another app that breaks each hour into manageable chunks.

To-do list programs such as Remember milk can also help students prioritize their studies and stay focused. Rather than being distracted by unrelated tasks, students can save these tasks for future reference. This allows you to free up valuable mental resources for learning.

For visual learners, mind mapping programs such as master of the mind allow users to connect new pieces of information together and visualize the relationships between them. “I’m a kinesthetic learner, which means I learn best by doing something,” says Ferranti. Knowing this, she chooses study methods that promote active learning. She loves creating flash cards and using them to test her own knowledge. If you are a kinesthetic learner like Ferranti, consider using a flashcard website such as quizlet.com.

Some massage schools offer study assistance for students. Your school may offer testing to see which learning styles work best for you, or may be able to recommend outside resources, Ferranti says.

Connect with others

For students who don’t have a study group, Ferranti suggests they get creative. “If a group doesn’t exist, why not create one? she says. “Share information with each other, ask questions [and] help each other.” Using social media is a great way to start study groups and connect around common interests. File-sharing websites such as Youtube and Google Docs empowering students to share study guides, learn new techniques, and prepare for tests. As long as students exercise discretion and choose trusted sources, these tools offer valuable information and turn learning into a collaborative process, according to Ferranti.

As a practicing therapist, Ferranti still meets up with former classmates online to share inspiration, ideas, and resources. Using online tools, her group stays organized and connected, even after graduation.

try something new

Finding the right tools for you can be a trial and error process. If you don’t see improvements in your study habits, try something different.

Continuously improving your study processes allows you to improve your learning, reinforce your best habits, and become a better massage therapist.

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