Become A Material Master: 7 Tips To Improve Memory

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Whether you're at a camp or at home preparing for fall game days, learning material is one of the top responsibilities for cheerleaders and dancers. If you struggle with bad memory, however, this can quickly become overwhelming as you sort through numerous band dances, cheers, and chants on the sidelines.

Since mastering this material is a requirement for any spirit squad, here are seven tips that will help you remember it faster.


Learn the words, then the motions


Just like at cheer camp, learn the words to each cheer first before learning the motions. Once you know the words and the tempo of the cheer, you will begin to pick up the motions faster.



Find a material friend


Get a study buddy and make learning material fun! You can feed off each other's motivation to knock out your material faster. If you are new to the squad or struggle with memorizing material, try partnering with a vet who can help teach you some tips and tricks.



Cheer is in session, take notes


Jot down notes for each cheer that will help trigger your memory if you get stuck. Write down the motions and counts for dances as well! 



Mirror, Mirror on the Wall


If you practice in front of a mirror, you can visualize the motions when you are out on the field.



Avoid cram sessions


Just like studying for a test, try not to cram all your learning into one night. Learn little bits at a time to help with remembering.



Eat memory foods


Leafy greens and berries are shown to help improve memory. Try adding these tasty treats to your lunch to help improve material retention.



Avoid distractions


Say goodbye to your iPhone and get practicing. Schedule out an hour to dedicate to learning material distraction-free and you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish.

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One of the divisions that caught our eye this weekend at NCA All-Star Nationals was Level 4 Youth. These up-and-coming athletes are not only incredibly talented, but will be on their way to level 5 teams in no time!