One of the most common fears that face learners during a training course is forgetting what skills they have learnt. Memory is integral when it comes to learning, and sometimes the things you listen to go into one ear and out of the other, so how do you make learning stick?
Creating a few memory exercises before and after the training session is a great way to keep employees focused on the course. There are a variety of ways you can do this:
All learners take in information at different times. Make sure that you keep the training process as personalised as possible so that the learner has the confidence to ask questions if they need anything.
In education “Scaffolding” refers to using a variety of training techniques used to encourage learners to meet the learning objectives of the lesson. Structuring this into smaller and more digestible sections can help colleagues understand the techniques during the course.
Creating a lesson guide can also help plan the structure of the course so that the trainer and their learners can understand what is happening.
Everyone learns in different ways. Creating different varieties of content can help employees take in information more easily.
Some employees prefer to see visual content to help them learn something new. Creating charts, graphics, and graphs can help them understand the methodologies used during the course.
Other learners prefer to listen to information rather than seeing it. These types of learners like to recite content out loud to help remember it. To help encourage this learning style, give your employees the chance to repeat your points back to you by asking questions and calling for answers.
These learners learn best when reading and writing information onto a book or electronic device. To help make your information stick, create written quizzes and present information with annotated handouts.
Kinesthetic learners are people who like a more “hands-on” approach to learning. It is a lot easier to apply in groups but encouraging your learners to move around with some practical exercises can be hugely beneficial (and can also wake them up after sitting down for a while!).
A tidy desk equals a tidy mind. Encourage your employees to clear the clutter to avoid any distractions. There are many other ways to create a more inspiring learning environment:
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