Starting a new interactive training course is an exciting time. With lots of new, interesting subjects to get our teeth into, it's tempting to become a complete social outcast and immerse ourselves in our studies at every available opportunity. But apart from that being slightly weird, it's also not the best way to learn and retain information.
The first thing we need to establish is a sustainable study habit. This is a number of hours each week that we can commit to and stick to, and doesn't exclude every other area of our lives! It's better not to run before we can walk, and much easier to take in information in bite-sized pieces. Consistently learning a smaller amount well is more useful and maintainable than learning a larger amount not so well. But however savvy we are with our learning diary, there are inevitably going to be times when the brain just glazes over, and nothing will go in.
When this happens, it's important not to get demoralised. There can be all sorts of reasons why we've had a mental block, and there are lots of ways to overcome the stalemate. Taking a break, going outside into the garden and breathing deeply can all help. It's amazing how a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake can fire up the reserves again.
It's not unusual to grapple with understanding the first time we look at something - anything new tests our mental agility, and sometimes we just have to accept that this is part of learning - it happens from time to time and it's uncomfortable, but with application we can push through until we get to the 'eureka' moment! Anything worth accomplishing takes a few failed attempts along the way - remember that awkward feeling when first behind the wheel of a car?
It often helps to leave something over-night and come back the next day with a fresh pair of eyes. Our sub-conscious mind has a habit of solving problems when we're not consciously aware it was working on them - and suddenly the answer pops into our head when we're least expecting it. Covering a section again, and then having a go at explaining it to someone else helps to clarify the point. Writing it down helps to organise thoughts - if we state our assumptions and the evidence for them, we can usually analyse out the problem areas.
Researching on Google or technical forums for other explanations and descriptions can sometimes hit the spot - with so many different medias out there we can frequently stumble upon something that puts it all in context.
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.