It is vital for both trainers and students that correct judgment of the learning capacity of students and the training ability of trainers is made.
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When trainers know exactly which areas they need to make improvements in, they are able to quickly become more effective teachers. Effective trainers push their students to achieve the highest standards. They set high standards in the training materials they use, in their teaching methods, and in planning and structuring their training. As a result of their commitment and knowledge, they are able to get more out of each student.
Trainers give feedback to students, but along with that, they must also receive feedback from students during the training to assist learning. Asking students about the pace of the teaching or asking them if they need more explanation of a concept are some of the simple ways to gain feedback from students quickly during the training. This technique of getting feedback involves the students in the training and increases their communication with the trainer. It also helps to customise a training session according to the specific needs of the trainees. Even though trainers usually adapt their teaching methods to suit trainees, if trainers encourage feedback when actually teaching, they can know the exact requirements of students at that moment and make small adjustments to fulfil those requirements.
Some of the areas in which trainers may expect to get feedback from students during a training session are:
- The pace of the training
- If trainees need additional explanation or examples
- If trainees are comfortable with other participants/activity partners
After the training session, trainers may use questionnaires to get feedback from students to evaluate their training. As with all feedback, certain judgments will be valuable and help trainers to improve their training while some others will not be that useful. Still, getting written, preferably anonymous, feedback from the trainees is the most effective method of knowing the specific areas that may need improvement.
Observations of Peers
Another way for trainers to get feedback about training performance is to ask their peers for their observations. As other trainers also have experience and expertise in training, they are able to provide precise feedback.
Even though it may be difficult to accept some of the criticism, it is important to look at it objectively. Disregard criticism that is not targeted towards improvement. In the end, any feedback received from peers will help the students to receive more from their training sessions.
Taking feedback from students and fellow trainers are effective ways to identify limitations and improve. It will help you to build your professional qualifications and reputation, and will you’re your students learn better.
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