In Part 1, I wrote about what happens at the beginning of an IT Training workshop. I advised you to make sure to check in with the assistant, and not log off of your computer. I also told you about the different options for viewing workshop materials.
Now that you’re all settled in at your seat, here are some more workshop taking tips.
1. Sit close enough to see.
If your distance vision isn’t that great, you’ll want to sit close to the front. The instructor demonstrates everything you’re supposed to do on his/her workstation, and it’s displayed on the screen at the front of the room so you can follow along. It’s also easier to get the assistant’s attention if you’re close to the front.
2. Ask for help.
The workshop assistant is there for you, but she can’t help you if she doesn’t know you need help. Raise your hand, or speak up and tell the instructor you’ve run into some trouble before things get out of hand.
3. Ask the instructor to slow down.
Sometimes it’s hard for the instructor to gauge how fast or slow he should go. If you find yourself falling behind, there’s no shame in asking him to slow down, or back up a few steps. It’s likely that some of your classmates will be grateful that you did.
4. Ask questions.
If you don’t understand something, ask about it. If you want to know something that’s not covered in the materials, ask about that too. The instructor may be able to give you a quick answer, or she may say she’ll talk to you about it during the break. If she doesn’t know the answer, she’ll get your email address and contact you after doing some research or consulting a colleague.
5. Try not to skip ahead.
You have the workshop materials in front of you, so you might be tempted to skip ahead and work on your own. This isn’t the best idea. When you skip ahead of the instructor, you take a chance of getting yourself into a situation that the assistant is unable to help you with in a timely manner. You might also miss some tidbit of information the instructor imparts that’s not in the materials.
Remember, you have access to the materials at home, so while you’re in the classroom, take advantage of the live instruction.
6. Pay attention.
You could check email, and find out what’s happening on Facebook and Twitter, but if you’re doing that, why did you sign up for a workshop to begin with? You’re wasting an opportunity to learn something new, and your typing noises are a distraction to your neighbors.
7. Dress in layers.
You never know if the classroom will be too hot or too cold, so wear a removable layer.
8. Eat non-sloppy foods.
You can have food and drinks in the classroom, but make sure your snack won’t damage the equipment. Stacks of pancakes and chili dogs are not a good choice.
9. Enjoy the workshop!
Following these simple steps will lead to a more enjoyable workshop experience.
Now get out there and start learning with us! Search for workshops by topic or date at the IT Training website.