Originally written by past AIF Coach Michael Devlin, this article has since been updated by the AIF Communications Team.
So, you’ve made the very exciting decision to embark on the adventure of a lifetime; becoming a qualified Personal Trainer at the Australian Institute of Fitness!
Your course is going to be so much fun and an experience you won’t forget… but in order to walk out the other side with a certificate in hand and an industry job lined up, you’ll need to pass your assessments.
Throughout the Fitness Coach, Personal Trainer and Master Trainer Program™, there are a number of assessments to measure your learning and assess your progression through the courses. These can be in the form of a knowledge check, case study, portfolio of evidence, demonstration, role play or a practical observation. For a student to be deemed satisfactory in the course you must be competent in all areas.
Here are our tips, to excel in your assessments throughout your AIF course.
The first thing you should do is get to know the course outline so that preparation and study time can be organised in advance for each assessment.
Attend 100% of classes and if not possible, organise resits. By doing this, you’ll ensure not to miss out on the important information you need for an assessment.
Read your AIF textbooks throughout the course and before classes and assessments to gain an extra understanding of the concepts and ideas.
Find your best way to learn by using the VAK principle (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic), and repeat the information in this way. This will help you the information sink in. You can take the VAK test here.
Be open to participate in class discussions, and ask questions within the class environment or one-on-one with our experienced coaching team to enhance your learning experience.
Study, study, study. At the end of each day, spend 10-15 minutes reviewing what you learnt! This will help with comprehension and eradicate any possibility of you falling behind. Check out this blog, for more tips on studying smarter, not harder.
Most importantly, experience fitness for yourself. This can be completed through the use of a mentor or experienced Personal Trainer. Think about the kind of personal trainer you want to be – what does your PT do well? What do you think they could improve on? This will help greatly in your practical assessments.
The ball is your court now! In order to excel in assessments throughout this course, you need to come with an open mind, a willingness to learn and a positive attitude. Our friendly and supportive coaches will be able to help you along your journey so never hesitate to reach out!
Best of luck!
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