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Optimise your concentration and performance levels for ATPL Ground School

Alexandra O'Loughlin23 Dec 2016 Posted in: pilot training, FTA, pilot school

Read through our top tips for optimising your concentration and performance levels during your pilot training:

1. Get some exercise – try to walk before an exam or lesson.

Organise your study space – make it easily portable so you can take it anywhere.

2. Speak out loud when reading through class notes and revision.

Hearing yourself run through what you are studying will help you process the information you have learned.

3. Teach / share what you have learned

Sharing notes with classmates or family will help you understand and digest the information. Their questions will help you to create mental associations and explanations for each topic.

4. Create mental associations

Visual and mental associations can help the average brain retain large degrees of information. Visualisation is a muscle. It can be grown and strengthened, stretched and flexed. The reality is that we can teach our brains how to see more clearly and then we can teach them how to show.” Sunni Brown, The Doodle Revolution: www.memory-improvement-tips.com/best-memory-trick

5. Draw diagrams

Using pictorial or written diagrams and flow charts can often help a person visualise information and process it more readily. There is a lot of research on the success of this and a number of our students find it very useful.

There are apps which can help order your information in this way – or you can do it simply with a paper and pen: www.inspiration.com/visual-learning

6. Get some rest

Experts at Harvard have conducted extensive research on poor sleep patterns and their impact on learning. Remember to get rest and a good night’s sleep after each day at the school. Try not to drink any stimulants in the day, replacing any caffeinated drinks with plain old water!

7. Drink plenty of water

Water is critical for maintaining good brain function. Over 70% of our body is made up of H20 - brain function depends on having abundant access to water.

Water gives the brain the electrical energy for all brain functions, including thought and memory processes. We lose around 80 ounces of water through sweat, tears and general function every day. Use this fun tool to calculate how much water you should drink a day: www.h4hinitiative.com/tools/hydration-calculator

8. Block out distractions

Try to take yourself off somewhere where you phone is switched off and you can focus on your studies. If you need your phone on, there are also apps you can use to block sites that will distract you from study (such as social media) just google ‘distraction blocking apps’ for advice and options.

9. Watch a documentary or video on the topic

It sounds obvious but a documentary on learning to fly or videos of training may help you understand and retain information in class.

10. Create flash cards

Flash cards are probably the most popular form of revision for learning key information. Use this technique to create visual cues of items you need to remember, or create notes and data you find it hard to remember. Try timetables, additions, subtractions and trigonometry such as length and sides of a triangle which you then use to calculate wind corrected heading, your rate of descent and glide range, cross winds and head winds components.

11. Remember to reward yourself

Place little treats between page markers. Here are some healthy treat ideas which will also stimulate your brain function and help you learn: www.prevention.com/health/improve-brain-function-food-6-brain-boosting-snacks

Watch this fun video by Buzzfeed on 8 essential study hacks.

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