Some people have an innate talent for remembering everything they read or listen to, even if they have only done so once.
But not all of us are the same, that’s why others have a hard time memorising notions and information unless they associate them with very practical aspects. One could, for example, spend hours describing from a theoretical point of view the operating logic of the hydrostatic transmission of a telescopic handler, but it would only take a few minutes spent on board the machine to understand the concept in an indelible and effective way.
Learning improves when, after receiving the basic information, one sees and tries it first-hand, experiencing what happens directly and not only as a result of theoretical description.
The training – the serious training, not the simple and classic “machine tour” of most of the training courses on operating machines – aims to refine and improve skills relying on countless exercises on machines, in the most challenging contexts and with the execution of activities and tests based on the implementation in practice of the lessons received: it is the most effective and desirable way to improve the skills of workers.
When delivering a training course for machine operators, often the first question that is asked by participants is “what time do we finish?” and the second “what time is lunch break?”.
The greatest challenge for the teacher is to keep a classroom of “expert professionals” engaged and interested, with stimulating topics and food for thought concerning the work experiences of individuals to stimulate their attention and curiosity during classroom hours.
Otherwise, it will be yawning from start to end.