How do you know if your staff are being trained properly? Want to improve your workplace learning but don’t know where to start?

By implementing our seven key principles of learning, you can ensure students are learning in the most effective and efficient way possible.


1. Active involvement

Learning is generally more effective when learners play an active role in the training experience.

This may involve hands-on exercises, or activities which encourage learners to think and become emotionally involved in the learning.

2. Meaningful material

Most people are more motivated to learn when they understand why they are learning and how the material is relevant to them.

It is important to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate existing knowledge and skills. By being consistent with learners backgrounds and experience, you can make sure examples used throughout the training are relevant.

3. Multiple sense learning

Research also suggests that learning retention improves when learners absorb information through two or more of their senses.

It is essential to use audio and visual cues throughout your training and provide opportunities for learners to feel and handle examples. And where possible, use the real thing.

4. Primacy and recency

Given a sequence of facts, most people will tend to recall best what they heard first and last.

Trainers can apply these principles of primacy and recency by beginning their sessions with an overview, and conclude them with a summary of the key points.

5. Practice and reinforcement of learning

To set your learners up to succeed, it is important to allocate adequate time for them to practice their new skills.

Some ways for using practice and reinforcement as part of your training are to summarising the main points at the end of a session, providing exercises which encourage learners to recall and apply learning, and ask questions frequently throughout the session.

6. Feedback

Feedback is a vital ingredient in any training. Learners need to know if they are doing well and whether there are areas which need development or more practice.

Providing learners with accurate and timely feedback is important for motivation, building learner confidence and helping them improve.

7. Rewards

Rewards are a form of encouragement for learners and make the learning experience more enjoyable. Sometimes just a nod or a smile can mean a great deal to a learner.

Trainers can build rewards into their sessions by providing learners with plenty of opportunities for early success throughout the learning process.


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