Learning is Half the Job – Revision Completes the Job!

Recently, when we asked an enthusiastic workshop attendee, “What was the most productive part of the workshop for you?”, their answer was straightforward and insightful:

“Great revision & great learning = embedding it”

This response encapsulates a critical aspect of effective training. My passion and drive are to elevate training delivery skills across all industries. This mission extends to establishing robust review techniques to embed new knowledge deeply for long-term retention and recall. Our methods are like a Tarzan Grip on your Grey Matter—you need to get those synapses snapping!

Those who have attended my workshops know about the variety of review activities I incorporate, both during the workshop and for six months afterward. As trainers, I believe we have a duty to provide:

  • Expert Delivery Skills
  • Engaging, Exciting, Energising and Fun Training
  • Skills to help embed new knowledge in the learner
  • Long-term retention of information processe 
  • AND to practise what we preach!

The Power of Revision

Revision is not just an add-on to learning; it is an integral part of the process. When learners review the material, they reinforce their understanding and solidify the information in their memory. Without revision, much of what is learned is quickly forgotten. This is why I integrate various review activities into my training sessions, ensuring that participants revisit key concepts multiple times in different ways.

Engaging Learners Beyond the Workshop

One of the most effective ways to ensure long-term retention is to keep learners engaged even after the workshop ends. This means providing ongoing review opportunities and creating a community where learners can discuss and apply what they’ve learned. For instance, follow-up emails with key takeaways, interactive online quizzes, and group discussions can all help reinforce the material.

The Essential Question for Trainers

As a trainer or teacher, what do YOU do to ensure the content you deliver goes in deep and stays there? Are you teaching revision and review activities? Do you consider this as vitally important as the actual delivery itself?

As trainers, our job doesn’t end when the workshop does. We must ensure that our learners are equipped with the tools and techniques they need to retain and apply what they’ve learned. By focusing on both delivery and revision, we can transform training from a one-time event into a lifelong learning experience. Let’s commit to making revision an essential part of our training process and help our learners achieve true mastery of the subject matter.

If you’d like more tips and resources to take your training sessions to the next level, I recommend checking out our Master Trainer Series. This professional development series is designed to help trainers develop their skills and create effective training programs. It’s a valuable resource for anyone looking to take their professional development to the next level.

 

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