Advantages of Face-to-Face Instructor-Led Training
Decide for yourself whether Face-to-Face, Instructor-Led Training is the right choice for you.
It’s Easier to Focus
When you attend a live, in-person face-to-face instructor-led training class, you can focus better on what is being taught than when participating in an online class or watching a training video from your home or work. There are fewer distractions in a classroom. You don’t have to stop and interact with co-workers dropping by your office or the mouse your cat brought in and dropped by your chair. No one’s nagging you about when dinner will be ready. You don’t have to stop what you’re doing and answer the phone or respond to your latest email, etc. Instead, you can just focus on learning the material that’s being presented.
Studies show that people retain more of their new knowledge and skills when learning from an instructor in the room with them.
You’re More Likely to Complete Your Learning Objectives
The probability of completing your learning objectives in timely manner is pretty much guaranteed when you’re in a classroom. When you’re learning online or from a video, sure, you can work whenever you want. But it’s so easy to get distracted, procrastinate, pick it up and put it down, that you’re less likely to ever finish.
You Can Ask Questions… and Get Answers
In face-to-face classes you and your fellow participants can ask questions, and follow up questions which can lead to a deeper discussion and better understanding of the material. Often when one person has a question, many others have the same question, but don’t know how to put it into words, are shy or afraid to speak up. So when the instructor answers, everyone learns.
When you’re watching an on-demand video, you can’t ask questions – there’s no instructor present. While some remote-live classes allow you to ask the instructor questions, it’s often hard to ask follow-up questions or establish a dialogue with the instructor and the other students.
Instructor Can Respond to Body Language
Live instructors can also pick up on body language and respond accordingly: slowing down or speeding up the pace, stopping to ask for questions, even gently prodding students who are a little shy about asking questions so they can give them the information they need. Videos and remote instructors can’t see, let alone respond to, body language – or your unasked questions.
If you’re having trouble understanding some topic or need additional information specific to your particular needs, you can arrange for one-on-one training or a consulting session with Tina.
While some online learning programs may stop periodically and allow you to practice new skills via a simulated exercise, they can’t duplicate the experience of practicing your newly-acquired skills in a classroom with the instructor and other students right there to assist with troubleshooting and problem-solving or to offer constructive feedback.
Building Personal Relationships
It is virtually impossible to build a personal relationship with an instructor or other students outside of a virtual classroom, but it happens all the time in a real classroom setting. Chatting during class, at breaks, or over lunch can enhance and reinforce learning as well as provide opportunities for networking and new friendships.
Better Return on Investment
Instructor-led classroom training gets you better results in a condensed, shorter time frame as compared to self-study where you often start and stop and may never finish. It’s easier to focus on what you’re learning in a classroom. You can ask questions, even learn from the questions your fellow students ask. Hands-on practice helps anchor what you’ve learned. Plus, the instructor and other participants can help when you get stuck.
You get what you pay for. Instructor-led training provides a better return on investment – both in terms of time and money.