Recently, I spoke to Cheryl from Appetite For Business, an IT training consultancy in Aberdeen, Scotland who insppired me to write a small piece on the different types of learners. Determining some basic things about that learning can help. Let me recap briefly.
A way of describing how we retain memories, visually, aurally or otherwise.
The types of activities we are comfortable with, and whether we prefer a teacher or are comfortable with some other type of learning methods.
How we are motivated to learn something, whether it comes from inside us or from outside influences.
Purpose of Learning
Quite simply, why are you doing this?
So here you are, armed with all this knowledge of yourself and ready to do some training. Well before you start you need to know what training you want to do. So what is training? On a previous page I described it as …the provision of information to allow someone to carry out an old task better or to learn to perform a new task…………. At the core of this statement is the simple idea of a purpose. Without a purpose there is no goal and therefore no result. Training can cover everything from installing complex software to answering the phone.So let’s look at designing a plan.
In the context of this article we are looking at career-related training.
Step 1: Consider all the work activities you do in any given day. This should include how you interact with people as well, in writing, on the phone, in person and not just what your boss expects you to do.
Step 2: What things are you good at?You can lie here if you want or you can hand it to someone else who knows you to confirm it. All you are trying to do is evaluate yourself a little.
Step 3: Is there something you don’t do well but want to get better at?
Step 4: What do you actually want to learn?Are these things work related or personal?
Step 5: Where do you think you can find out about these activities?
Learner Designed Study
This means sitting down to work out what you want to learn about. It can be quite a basic plan. By having a plan means that people have more of a focus and potentially can learn more.
This is a more costly approach. Access to online courses involves the purchasing of time to complete a course. This can range from a number of weeks to 6 months depending on the nature of the course. Usually there will be a demo of some type to whelp you decide whether a range of courses might be useful. It may also be possible to negotiate a better deal for a business.
There are many types of material that can be purchased. Most commonly this can be book materials or CDs, although given the speed that technology moves at they can quickly go out of date. Ebooks or online courses may be better.