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Hands off or hands on training? It’s up to you, says Roem
If you use a desktop software package like Microsoft Office, chances are you are not using all of its features. Spending days on specialist training courses just isn’t an option for most people in business. So how do you get to grips with it all and improve your own efficiency?
‘That depends on your individual learning style’, says software training expert Karen Roem of Roem Ltd.
‘The good news is that it is possible to radically enhance an individual’s productivity in a very short space of time – as little as half a day,’ says Karen. ‘The trick is to understand what works for you, because we all learn in different ways.’
Roem Ltd specialises in software training – Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access, as well as the collaboration and knowledge management software Livelink – but the company is versatile enough to offer two very different approaches. Roem Ltd’s course participants can choose to learn ‘hands off’, using a technique pioneered in the United States, or ‘hands on’ in the traditional classroom style.
Karen was trained to use the highly effective 'hands off' teaching method in Kansas in 2001 and she has developed and adapted the technique since then to fit with often complex subject matter. ‘The “hands off” approach means that students’ concentration, confidence and enjoyment are dramatically increased,’ says Karen, ‘making it a much more fulfilling experience.’ She now runs her hands-off seminars as well as traditional hands-on classroom training and guidance in how to get the most out of Microsoft Office products.
Both hands on and hands off courses run for half days as well as full days and include printed MOS-approved training handouts appropriate to the software package the course delegate is running (eg Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007), and a month's follow-up support by email.
Roem has successfully delivered training in Cambridge and beyond for more than nine years and the company has been commended by the Institute of IT Training. The innovative 'hands off' approach to software training introduced by Roem Ltd also won recognition in the British Small Business Champions (BSBC) Awards.
Roem Ltd courses, with half days costing as little as £97 +VAT, take place in Cambridge with small class sizes and individual attention. Latest hands off offerings include:
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