I remember sitting at the back of the class thinking, "I hope the teacher doesn't ask me to answer that question!" Not because I couldn't answer it, or at least have a stab at it, but just like going on a TV quiz show, answering on-time and in front of an 'audience' is not always as easy as it seems.
This didn't mean that I couldn't learn the subject matter - but rather that the environment didn't work for me.
Considering this, I greatly believe in and support the new wave of training plans being offered, as they clearly support new ways of learning.
One of the best examples of this has to be the strategies being employed within the IT industry. Not surprisingly, using the latest technological assets to teach what can be complex skills and techniques, with a high level of success.
Offering the option of on-line and multimedia lessons, presented by leaders in their respective field, gives high grade access to a vast array of learning material - whenever the student wants, and wherever they want it. True 24x7 learning and the real option to choose where to study; all of which adds to the learning experience and ultimately improves learning success.
A far cry away from the sterile and intimidating classroom experience of youth.
There are clearly other benefits: The ability to carry on study when the student may not feel wholly well, or during incapacitation. Training schemes are available to all, including those with disabilities who find it difficult to study at a centralised centre. The ability to carry on studying regardless of the weather outside, and the ability to study in the security of one's own home.
Additional advantages include the reduction in 'down-time' and cost; in terms of the time it takes to travel to and from the travel centre, the issue of having to be there at a set time, and the cost of travel there and back. All this supports the strategy of 'smart study' - studying what you want, when you want it, where it suits you best, and in a cost effective manner.
This method of training is not dependent upon the slow upgrades or revisions of books and reading material. Students are more likely to be studying the latest concepts and skills available, giving them an edge over their counterparts.
This doesn't mean that you're forced to study in isolation though. Many students use forums or set up their own study-buddy network, where they can discuss their ideas in a relaxed environment and review the concepts under study.
There has been incredible development in the field of IT and educational strategies. It seems natural that these two disciplines would come together to the advantage of the student, and create a training environment where the student is more in-control, making it more pleasurable overall. Surely that is one of the basic tenets of learning?
Really informative & very positive... They cut out all the nonsense and just gave it to me in plain terms: This is what you're going to get - and this is where you'll end up. That's all I wanted really.
David : UK
My advisor told me absolutely everything I needed to know. If I needed to know the specifics of a certain subject, he told me everything about that. He was friendly and really helpful.
Leroy : UK
They seemed very knowledgeable about the course... I made a decision quite easily, based on what they said.
Donna : UK
The advice was good. It wasn't overly complicated, so I wasn't bogged down with words that were unnecessary - and I understood where they were coming from. It was very professional.
Hayley : UK
I'd definitely recommend them. I think the price was very competitive - some of the courses out there were three times the price of what they were offering. To me, it's ideal.
Clive : UK
I feel I got good value for money. If you're a practically minded person, the course is perfect. I've also passed your details onto some other people I work with, because they're also interested in that field.
Lee : UK
I'd give the course 10/10. I've already convinced someone else to do one. I just think it's awesome to be quite honest - as long as you're prepared to put the effort in.
Leroy : UK
The advisor was absolutely brilliant. I felt like he was honest... I just can't fault it really.
Shelley : UK
The advisor was very friendly. He came across as very competent with his knowledge of the industry. He gave me a lot of confidence from that point of view.
Tim : UK
The advisor was fantastic I have to say - the way he described everything and helped me to find the right course. Everything he said made sense.