So you’ve decided upon a few volleyball cheers and chants you want to perform and now comes the time that you have to memorize them so they become second nature to perform.
Unfortunately, there’s no two ways about it, you actually have to find a way of memorizing the cheers and chants. But what we can do is help you to reduce the time it takes to learn by following these tips.
Ask Yourself How You Learn Best
Everyone likes to learn in different ways. Typically, there are four types of learners:
Visual learners prefer to see information and then visualize this information by forming relationships between the ideas.
Auditory learners prefer to hear information rather than seeing or reading it displayed visually.
As you may have guessed read-write learners find it easiest to learn when information is read and then written. It is the repetition that makes this learning style so popular and effective.
Kinesthetic learners retain information through hands-on experience. In other ways, they learn best by doing. In cheerleader practice, it is kinesthetic learning that takes place as you perform routines and chants with others.
Only you know the learning style that works best for you. If you’re still confused, think about how you learn for tests and the answer for what learning style you should use will become much clearer.
Once you have done this, sit down and formulate a plan on how you will go about learning the cheers and chants in as little time as possible using your preferred method.
Practice Before Bed
Regardless of whether you have a whole routine you need to remember or just the words to a few chants, it is wise to practice before bed, as it makes retaining information much easier.
This is because it has been proven that if something is the last thing on our mind before we go to sleep then our subconscious can work on processing the information as we sleep, making things easier to remember and come together in your waking life.
Just as important as practicing before bed is getting a good night’s sleep. We’re sure you’ve noticed yourself that if you’re functioning on just a few hours’ sleep, it becomes much harder to think clearly and focus on the task at hand.
While getting a good night’s sleep is most important the night before the game, it is still a good idea to try and sleep well each day of the week so your brain can function optimally and you’re in the best possible frame of mind for learning.
If you’ve ever been stressed for a test then you know that it makes retaining information that much harder. When we’re anxious our brains aren’t able to function as well, so it makes learning a tougher task. Therefore, it is best to relax.
This may be easier said than done, but the absolute best way we’ve discovered to relax is to be well-prepared. If you give yourself plenty of time to learn then there will never be any need to be anxious.