When most people think of basic first aid, they think of bandages and ice packs. But once you’re in a first aid class, you’ll begin to see that there’s more to injuries than cuts and scrapes. In order to make the most of the time you spend in a basic first aid class, you will want to make sure to do the following.
Show up Early
If you arrive at a basic first aid class early, you will be able to meet with the instructor and develop a rapport. This will help you feel more comfortable in the class and help you be more likely to ask questions that might come up during the class. If the instructor is unavailable to talk, you might be able to look at the handouts for the class ahead of time to get an idea of what you might be covering.
Since much of the basic first aid information might be new to you, it will help you to write down everything you learn in addition to listening to the instructor. Combining these two learning techniques will solidify the information in your brain, while also helping you to organize the knowledge you are receiving. You will then be able to go back over your notes if you are unclear about something and refer to them when you need first aid advice.
The key to learning basic first aid is taking the time to understand what you are learning and why you are learning it. If you don’t understand why you are doing something, make sure that you ask the instructor. This will help you learn quickly as well as retain that information. Instructors want you to ask questions and other students may have the very same questions that you do. Ask as many questions as you can until you are confident that you have learned the material.
Read the Book After Class
Most basic first aid classes will come with an instructional manual, so be sure to read it after the class ends. This will help you continue to learn the information as well as to learn any information that the class itself did not have the chance to cover. You will also want to reread this book every few months to make sure you remember everything.
Basic first aid classes are an opportunity for you to take care of yourself and of your loved ones. By treating these classes like any other important task, you can be the one that helps others when they really need help.