Hands-off software training

A typical computer training session is set in an atmosphere reminiscent of our school days. Unfortunately this doesn't work for everyone.

We all learn in different ways, which means that many of us don’t get the most out of traditional classroom training.

In 1983 the renowned Professor and Psychologist Howard Gardner identified eight different ways of learning: linguistic (learns best by saying, hearing and seeing words), logical-mathematical (categorising, and working with abstract patterns), bodily-kinesthetic (learning by doing), spatial (visualising, working with colours/pictures), musical (rhythm, melody), interpersonal (sharing, cooperating), intrapersonal (self paced), and naturalist (learning in a natural setting).

For instance the testimonial "The idea of group discussion and collective input was very helpful." is a good example of feedback from one of our course participants who tapped into her highly developed interpersonal intelligence to help her learning.

Karen Roem says: "I first came across this method of hands-off training in the United States and was impressed with how it addresses different types of learning. We had nothing like it here in the UK for software training and I knew it could really help participants understand how to use Microsoft Office products in a day to day context. After training in the hands-off method in Kansas, I brought it over to the UK and I have found my seminars are livelier, with people feeling able to ask questions about anything – from how they can use Excel to analyse their data to how they can use Word to help organise their Christmas Card list!”

Hands-off training reflects human nature. Most of us can only digest information for 20 minutes at a time, so sessions are short and focused, with time in between for quizzes, and exploration and reflection to absorb and understand. Concentration, confidence and enjoyment are dramatically increased and it’s a more fulfilling experience all round.

For details of bringing one of the hands-off seminars to your organisation, contact Karen on 01223 214177.