We participate in training programs for a variety of reasons. Maybe we want to improve our skills or learn new things, or get long-term training to change our profession, or get a higher degree. Learning methods range from face-to-face instruction in a classroom to various online learning formats and other computer-based instruction. The main reason for all training is to learn something new or improve skills. But what determines how much you have learned and how successful the training has been? This is often the challenge you face.
You can’t just rely on your coach to provide you with a program that meets exactly your needs. Of course, you can not rely on the person who designed the training or initially suggested to participate in this course. You have to be responsible for your own learning. This article will help you make the most of educational opportunities.
Define your goal for learning
Think about what you want to learn from the training program. No doubt you will learn the skills you need to do your job better, but what are the other benefits?
- Does training improve your current performance?
- Will the training create new opportunities for you, or will it give you the new skills you need?
- Will it provide the necessary training, credentials or credentials in your field?
- Will it increase your reputation and skills?
- Does successful completion of the program affect things like rewards, project missions, and promotions?
- Will you gain more confidence?
You can learn more actively if you determine the reason for participating in the program. Instead of letting the instruction guide you, you know what to ask for.
In addition to developing skills, face-to-face training courses can also provide tremendous opportunities for communication and networking. These courses allow you to connect with people you have never met before. These people can be from other departments, other companies and with different backgrounds and levels of experience.
With any training, you can access the experts in your field. Communicating with coaches will help you gain a great source of information and support in the future.
Specify what type of training you are participating in
There may be many training options available to you. Traditional face-to-face classroom teaching is a well-known teaching. However, this type of training limits your ability to choose when and how to access training. Therefore, many people use education that is under their control and more easily provided. Distance learning, computer-based learning and Internet learning are methods that have this feature. The more appropriate the training course is for your needs and according to your schedule, the more you will learn.
Consider these factors:
- What are your time limits?
- What’s learning’s priority?
- Do you have enough motivation to complete the course under your control?
- How do others evaluate this course?
- Does this course meet your needs and expectations?
- Is the course content reliable and relevant?
- Will you get the certificate or credit you want at the end of the course?
- Do you have the time to complete the course and will you be able to provide the necessary resources to complete the course?
What ongoing support do you need? Do you need special resources to be able to use the training? For example, if you do not have access to software at work, then learning it will not be useful.
Decision matrix analysis helps determine which option best meets your training needs.
Make the most of your training
Take an active role in the learning process. Instructors will not understand your training needs until you express yourself.
- Participate. Ask questions in face-to-face learning and participate in sessions. Participate in online learning in chats and forums. Participation is a great way to improve the learning experience and gives you the opportunity to express your opinions and get instant feedback. You can often learn as much as a teacher from other students.
- Communicate effectively with your coach. If this course does not meet your needs, talk to a coach. Make a list of things you want to learn. If your needs are beyond the scope of this course, look for resources that you can refer to yourself. If this is costly, you may want to consider private tutoring.
Learning options controlled by others may not have the flexibility you need. You can do everything you can to make sure your needs are met and pay attention to this when choosing a course.
- Use learning tools. Learning tools can maximize your focus and memory. SQ3R is a great technique for learning text. When taking notes, using mind maps is another very useful way to make connections between different subjects and to memorize them. You can also find many other learning tools in our Learning Skills section.
- Look to the future. You may want to ignore parts of the course that are not relevant to your current situation. But keep in mind that developing skills for the future is an important part of any training course. You do not know what you will probably do in the future, or what you will be asked to do. If course designers, who are also experts in the field, believe that the information is relevant enough to present, it is probably important content that you should be familiar with. Keep an open mind and make an informed choice to learn as much as you can from this course.
Plan for after the course
Applying what is learned reinforces learning. If you just take a course and do not try to apply the skills and ideas you have learned, you will forget a lot of what you have learned. To get the most out of your training, plan to use the information immediately and frequently.
- Tell your boss what you have learned and how it will help your performance.
- Share what you have learned with your group.
- Look for opportunities to apply your new skills and knowledge at work or in the community.
- Provide feedback from the course for your boss or organization. Include in the feedback what you enjoyed and what you did not like, and share your thoughts on ways to improve the course in the future.
- Teach your new skills to others. Teaching others helps to keep the skills fresh in your mind.
- Look for educational opportunities to follow. It is essential to keep your skills up to date in today’s ever-changing work environment.
What methods do you have for learning? Which methods do you consider effective? How do you evaluate what has been learned and the effectiveness of the training?