The Trainer’s Guide On Effective Training Strategies For Engaging Students
Trainers often ask themselves the question of how to keep students engaged. Since learners come in many kinds and from all walks of life, teaching them to learn a new skill can be a challenging task.
Effective training relies on being able to successfully connect to your learners at a certain level. Nothing screams failure like a missed opportunity to make interesting training topics, or a student becoming uninterested in the course because they feel they could be doing something else. Training at the end of the day is still a service, and a key point of your success in delivering that service depends how well you can engage your students.
Engaged students are more likely to learn and appreciate the lesson that you’re teaching, since they have a greater amount of drive and curiosity. It also means that if you get your students to express interest into each training session, you already win half the battle of getting the knowledge they need to them.
Before going further in discussing strategies to engage learners, here’s what’s in it for you if you successfully engage them:
The Payoff Of An Engaging Teaching Strategies
As much as trainers wish that their sessions can be straightforward and easy, oftentimes you’re going to have the challenge of drawing out interest from your learners. It is all worth the effort though once you realize that an engaged student produces better output in the course.
- The trainer benefits through learners that become ‘more willing receivers’ of the knowledge you’re going to teach them, so to speak, if efforts are made to increase student engagement.
- Students that are under trainers who practice learner engagement, through making use of activities and strategies that boost participation, are more likely to be inspired and ready to absorb the lesson for the session.
Why Advanced Skills Training Should Be Made To Engage
While you can probably get away with a less engaging session if you are teaching basic skills, doing the same for advanced skills can get you stuck between a rock and a hard place. Because of the many ways advanced learners differ from basic ones, it is important to include training strategies that will help in engaging learners. The level of complexity and difficulty that advanced skills have needs a trainer that knows how to better involve their learners in gaining those skills.
Being Brain Friendly Starts With Knowing How To Make Learning More Interesting
At the very heart of an interesting and perhaps even an empowering training session is making the session as focused on the students as possible. This means that you must make the session prioritize the needs of the learner, by coming up with ways to keep it brain friendly. Creating brain-based lesson plans involves lessening the stress involved in the learning process through making skills, even advanced skills, ‘easily digested’. Here are the 5 principles on how you can make that happen:
- Keep it real by making training focused on what’s important, by thinking what the learner gets when they take or attend your session. Emphasizing the benefits boosts your chances of capturing your student’s attention for the duration of the training.
- Your learner’s state is the key on getting the information you want across the room or computer. When you get your students into a highly motivated and resourceful state, learning becomes secondary as they will use this state when applying what they have learned.
- Recognizing that your students are uniquely different from each other makes it easier to tailor fit the training according to their own learning styles. You also should bear in mind the culture of the organization that is facilitating the training session.
- Rich and multi-sensory training involves heaps of parts that entices the brain to absorb the information presented to it.
- Having your learners create meaning with the information they are presented makes it relevant and involves them in the training process, which will make them use it.
Effective Teaching Strategies Are Synonymous With A Fun Training
Training sessions need not to be straight up forward and bore learners to sleep. Oftentimes, the difficulty of teaching a complex course can be reduced with introducing a bit of fun. An awake brain will always be better than one that has wandered off, and if you can get your students to participate as they learn, the more’s the chance that they can better engage with what you’re teaching.
Here are some tips on how you can add zest to your training:
Have fun in what you do. Tension and nervousness are easily seen by students who can see and hear what you do and say. Include some interesting stories how you came to be in the training business, and you can get them to lower their guard and relax so they can learn.
Training isn’t a one-way street in which you overwhelm learners with information without providing instances where they can respond. Make talking with them conversational, where ideas can flow freely from trainer to learner and vice versa.
Avoid technical and heavily formal language that makes connecting with your students complicated and difficult. Get to know the world where your learners come from by knowing some insider jokes or the difficulties they face. Interest in what matters and happens to them shows that you value their worth as a person.
Be yourself. Of course, trainers need to keep a professional side to their sessions but including a bit of their personality wouldn’t hurt. Showing travel pictures or playing music tells learners a bit of information about you. To know that there is another person right there at the hall or the other end of a computer makes teaching a more natural task.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so they say, though there’s a kernel of truth in it which trainers can apply to their sessions. Having to sit and plow through heaps of information for hours can lessen the impact your training can have on your students. Making use of games, interactive activities, group work and visual aids that are relevant to the course can greatly multiply your training’s effectiveness through involvement.
The Opposite Of Good Training Sessions
Failing to deliver or getting a low recommendation is exactly what a trainer dreads to hear once their session is over. It means that you were not able to provide learners with enough information they need regarding the course, or your teaching strategy was below their standard which made learning difficult. It is also important to note that many factors come into play when you conduct trainings that can be within or out of your zone of control, such as the condition of equipment.
A poor training session isn’t exactly the end of the world, and while there is no sure-fire way of making a session a blockbuster, being mindful of how you engage your students can contribute to that goal.
Improving student engagement should be included as a primary task of trainers in delivering their sessions. Not only do motivated students absorb information more readily, but they can also apply that motivation when it comes to their learning. To have them engaged and contributing to their own education is a key part of lessening the difficulty of teaching them knowledge which they will use later as a skill.
The rewards are two-fold: each for the trainer and the student. For trainers that engage their learners, they can expect more interested students that come to their sessions. Students meanwhile gain the benefit of a learning experience geared towards their situation and needs.
Engaging learners would also require the time and dedication needed to research and come up with ways on how you would make each training session effective. No two persons are alike, and this is the same with each session, since you will be handling either an individual or a group that differs from your previous one.
A bit of empathy for your students will go a long, long way for a trainer who was once a learner.