Coach’s Corner: How to study PE/Athletics

Tommy Romano

My name is Tommy Romano, the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. On top of coaching, I also teach a PE class, Basketball 101. I realize that when college comes around, a great way to boost GPA and also exercise during a hectic day is to enroll in a PE class, which can cover all sports. Every class is different, and each instructor will have different expectations. However, one thing is certain, and just like in any other class, there are certain ways to separate yourself from your peers and obtain the highest grade possible. My blog is to cover some of those main points, both from the instructor side, and as a student (from my PE courses when I attended the University of Oregon from 2007-2011.)


1: Attendance is a very important not only in school but also in life. Most people think of attendance and think they just need to show up and everything will be fine. There is so much more to your approach and how your teacher will see your efforts. First off, always try and be early to class, no matter the subject. As an instructor, I am looking for the students that are early. To me, this shows they are interested, and WANT to be at class, not merely showing up because they have too. This seems basic, but showing up 5 minutes early everyday will get you noticed in a very positive light. Apply this to daily life; 5 minutes early is ON TIME.

Ask your teacher questions. What can I do to go over the top? Most teachers will be very blunt with their expectations, and my class is no different even though it is PE.


  1. Attention to detail: In PE classes, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking this class is not important and just a GPA class. GET THAT OUT OF YOUR HEAD! It is still a college level class, and you need to approach it that way. There is always something to learn and something to improve on. Also, your physical health is important to your overall well being. Take class seriously, be a sponge, and ask questions. That 60-minute session may be the difference in having an OK day and having a GREAT day. With that being said, academics come first. You may have a test the day of or day after your PE Class, so use that time appropriately. If you need to study for another course, get to class early and express it to your teacher. Most will understand that your math test is more important than a PE class. However, don’t get in the habit of doing this all the time. You are still a student now signed up for a class, and need to attend as often as you can. Emergencies happen, but don’t use class time making up study hours that you put off the night before.


  1. Find a study buddy! I can’t tell you how many study partners I found while attending PE classes at U of O. Students in these classes may have similar interests outside of school as you do, so get to know your classmates. You may have similar courses as other students, so ask your peers about their classes and how they study. Just because it is a PE class, doesn’t mean you can’t find a study buddy or learn new ways to approach school!


  1. Have fun! These classes are designed to take a break throughout a hectic day. Exercising is a great stress relief, and will motivate you to get back to work. Take class seriously, try and improve at the designed PE course, and apply these lessons to everyday life; Being on time, working hard, having fun, and improving. College goes by fast; so don’t get caught up in the future! Live in the now, and enjoy your experience!

 Tommy Romano

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