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Updated: Jun 5

When studying for the CNS exam, it can feel very overwhelming. What do you study? Where do you start? How much time do you have? And, the most common one…How am I going to remember everything?

Micronutrients typically show up on the exam over and over again. They can show up in straightforward questions or really obscure case studies. Either way, knowing them is important. But how do you remember so much information? Great question! I’ve got 4 ways you can remember micronutrients!

Top 4 Ways to Study the Micronutrients:

  • Self-care

  • Association

  • Memorization

  • Teaching

Self-care. It’s important to remember that you need to take care of yourself during this time. A well-fed and well-rested brain will remember what you’re studying more easily. If you’re not routinely practicing self-care throughout your study process, make that a priority!

Association. A great way to remember micronutrients, especially symptoms of deficiencies and drug-nutrient interactions, is to associate them with current clients. How are you seeing this information come up in sessions? Don’t have a lot of clients? What about friends or family members? As you’re listening to them talk, are you noting any nutrient concerns? Association is a great way to remember new information.

Memorization. When all else fails, memorization is a great tool. It’s not for everyone! So, if you struggle with memorization, association or teaching may be a better option. But for some, myself included, memorization is great! I like to use note cards and quiz myself or write the information over and over again. This repetitive process really cements the information in my brain. But it doesn’t work for everyone.

Teaching. Teaching others information that you’ve learned is a great way to associate the new information you’ve gained. Why not create a presentation on micronutrients and present it to your family? While they may not find the information exciting, you’ll bend a new brain muscle and help solidify this new knowledge. If you’re in a study group - teach it to your group!

Understand which study method is best for you. Regardless though, make sure you’re taking care of yourself throughout the process!

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