Knowing how to learn is one of the skills in life that doesn’t necessarily come easily. I recall when at school, I would respond best to the teacher out front who was amusing, spoke nicely and understood my dry sense of humour. These things mattered for my self confidence. Others in my cohort were perfectly happy just copying everything down from the board and not questionning anything teacher said or did. Whether their learning came more easily is hard to say, but I needed more than dreary lessons.
I came alive when commercial subjects were available – I had to give up science to do typing and shorthand, but my parents figured these would stand any student in good stead throughout a lifetime of work, whereas sciences had a fairly limited appeal for normal life. The ability to type brought great advances to me, it taught me how to appreciate all future training courses, online particularly.
One of the most useful things I learned in training courses over many years as a government worker was to get on with the task as soon as the email instruction arrived. I was always in bother at school with homework for procrastination to the point that it was always done on the bus on the way to school – never a good idea. This directly affected my chances of getting useable exam results and it took me a few years at real work to appreciate my methodology was rubbish.
So thereafter I have always taken training of any sort quite seriously. Be it a first aid sampler, a customer service refresher, mandatory anti-fraud training. I have read the instructions, read the purpose of the course and each element of each topic. Once the point of the exercise is known, getting down to the learning is a doddle. And often very rewarding.
A guiding hand when it comes to choosing careers, or just getting to grips with catching up on lost learning opportunities, that would be very helpful to just about everybody. There are so many courses out there and it can be a bewildering exercise sifting through to find the exact combination of course material, helpful presentation and company expertise in helping you use your newly gained skills to raise your game.
Knowing how best you sutdy also helps. Some folk do like the sitting down with text book, note pad, endless sticky page markers etc. and they laboriously listen and note everything down. This usually stores the relevant info in correct parts of their brain. Whereas I much prefer the demonstration approach – the handbook for me is just another printed object – bring on the demonstrator to describe and show me how to do it, what happens if we don’t do it that way and how best to achieve my goals.
Knowing your whys from your wherefors can be one of those phrases that ancient relative toss at you when you’re desperately trying to extricate yourself from a pile of undone homework and are making rather a poor show of it! There’s nothing more important in a child’s life than education – to parents and grandparents, this means the dull stuff that sometimes gets overlooked at school. Some children absolutely love history and never have difficulty imagining themselves back in a particular period of time – Arthur and his Round Table is a good one for the lads. The more romantic side of the Victorian era can often be the catalyst for lasses to get involved in the subject.
English language and literature were two of my absolute favourite subjects – the latter of course expanded on my growing appreciation of the former. Using these skills in later life to understand everything in current affairs, necessary work instructions etc. can all form part of the whys and the wherefors.
When we think of Everyman we have to include absolutely everyone on this planet. That of course is a generalisation but effectively true. When we think of education and what is so abundantly available to every child from any background and any creed in this country, it seems almost obscene that some children cannot be bothered to go to school to take up this life enhancing opportunity.
However, sometimes when they reach early adulthood, youngsters to look back and regret those hourse spent idling with chums. Really ruing the fact they messed up and cannot now get any kind of a job. Getting educated is the one thing that has absolutely no detractors – it will assist us for the rest of our lives, whether in helping to get that job or keeping it when we’ve got it. Learning isn’t all boring rote stuff. There are the social skills too.
For the average family the expectancy is that each child will go to school, whether keenly or reluctantly doesn’t matter here, the fact they can go is the relevant issue. Then we trust that the teachers will instill as much knowledge as possible into the brains of the children and that they will come out of school at the end of the conveyor belt as balanced, worthy and nice human beings!
some might do so well that they become teachers and lecturers themselves, or doctors, surgeons, bankers etc. On the other hand, schools are able to see the potential in some children and get them streamed for great sporting careers or in the arts as singers, musicians etc. Any child who faulters is picked up and helped along. The same goes for those who missed out – online learning is a fantastic tool to help reinstate those years when effort didn’t come first.
A Covering letter is a document which is sent along with your CV to the company you want to work for when they advertise a job vacancy. It is a great opportunity to sell yourself along with the skills you hold, but many people make basic errors when they write their covering letter. Here are our top tips for making your covering letter work for you.
- Make sure it is no longer than 2 sides of A4. Any longer than this and you are likely to be waffling! Stick to the point you are making and make sure your letter stays nice an short.
- Make it neat. Keep your font size to around a 10-12, in a sensible font such as Ariel or Times New Roman. These are clear and easy to read as well as look professional.
- Tailor your letter to the job – make sure you explain exactly why you suit that particular job! Lots of people make their cover letter vague and able to use with all job applications, but since this letter could make the difference between the CV being read or not, it is always worth tailoring it to each and every job.
Want to transform your room into a study paradise? Try some of these tips.
1. Kill distractions
Your phone, TV or Facebook are not your friends when it comes to studying. Don’t rely on willpower: put obstacles between yourself and the distractions.
- Turn your phone off – or at least put it on silent and leave it across the room, where you can’t fiddle with it mindlessly.
- Use browser extensions like LeechBlock and Nanny to block distracting websites
Setting yourself regular breaks can help you avoid temptation during work time.
2. Tidy up your act
Clearing away the clutter from your study space should help clear your mind, allowing you to focus on the job at hand. You’ll also avoid losing important notes in piles of disorganized paperwork.
3. Light up your life
Ensure there’s good lighting in your study space. If it’s too dark to read, you won’t get very far. During the day, working by the window or even outside can give you the best light to work by.
4. Get settled…
A comfortable chair will keep you working more effectively than an uncomfortable one, a sofa or, worst of all, your bed.
5. …or get moving
Study doesn’t have to be still. If you are the sort of person who doesn’t like to sit still all the time, get on your feet and pace around while repeating what you’re studying aloud.
6. Find the right background noise
A little bit of background noise can block out distractions and help you concentrate – but the wrong kind can be a distraction in itself.
Instrumental music can be a good choice, as lyrics tend to be more distracting. Alternatively, there are many websites and phone apps that play rain noises, cafe sounds or white noise.
CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. It is the intentional maintenance and development of knowledge and skills which are needed to perform your job successfully. This might mean brushing up on current skills, or increasing the knowledge you have, or even learning new skills which will allow you to progress up the career ladder.
Most professions require their employees to take part in CPD courses to ensure their staff are fully trained in the necessary skills they require.
A good CDP structure gives employees a clear path to success with their current role and shows the potential progression to future jobs. If you work in a regulated industry such as the healthcare, accountancy or legal industries, employers can get in a lot of trouble if they do not keep their staff up with their CPD!
CPD activities could include formal educational activities like instructor led training courses, workshops and seminars, or CPD could include self directed learning through online courses and structured reading.
LMS stands for Learning Management System. This is a means for a course giver to manage the learning of their students. An LMS allows the course provider access to information about the learning its students are doing, such as the progress being made and how many people are accessing the tools at a time. It also allows the provider to add content to their courses and generally look after the way the courses run.
A good LMS will be flexible for the provider to add their own information and course content and will provide the useful performance information that the provider needs to see in order to adapt or alter the courses to better suit its participants.
The students themselves will often not see any part of the LMS, instead they will often be faced with learning through a Virtual Learning Environment or VLE, which is the ‘front of house’ of the online course. It offers a place for the student to see their own progress and see which topics or modules they have taken or are yet to take.