How to tackle learning in a large class for success
Our class sizes vary throughout the country, but each individual is sure to have a preferred learning style and setting to make the most out of their time - here are our tips for taking on any learning environment, whether it's with ICAS or in-house company training.
Break-out groups with fellow students
If you prefer smaller learning groups, it's a good idea to link up with fellow students after class to revisit what you learned that day, and clarifying topics. It's also a great technique for refreshing your knowledge and ensuring it becomes committed to memory, where needed. Smaller groups can also help with tossing ideas back and forth and reflecting on that day's learning with a different slant from other students.
Technology is there to be used!
Although it's not a great idea to spend the class getting distracted by phones, tablets and laptops in the classroom, you can also use technology to help you. Perhaps jot down the subjects or elements that will require further analysis, investigation, or clarification, or record your own classroom questions and the answer given.
What would make you feel engaged?
You are more likely to make the most of your learning in any classroom situation if you feel engaged. If you don't, what would help you connect with the material that is being delivered? Is it about where you sit? Can you properly hear and see all that is being presented?
CABLE allows you to view some classroom material prior to class, so it can be useful to familiarise yourself with the topic before it is delivered. It also gives you the opportunity to highlight which topics you feel you will really need to concentrate on and engage with and think about questions that you can ask.
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Set your own objective
The topic of material will be decided by the ICAS syllabus, but you may have your own objective to really maximise your learning in a particular area. If you work in tax, for example, it's in your interest to gather advanced knowledge, as well as that which is necessary for exams.
Draw out your own mini-learning plan aligned to the class for that day, and follow up with tutors on any areas you want to be clarified or where you can find more material on the subject.
It's also a great idea to jot down some examples that illustrate your learning for the day - they could be made up or taken from real-life, but they will help realise the subject material into tangible prospects for you.
If you feel that you are becoming distracted by other students' conversation or generally distracting behaviour within the classroom, make your concerns known to the tutor. We won't be able to help unless you tell us how you need help, and a problem shared is always a problem halved!
Your tutors are here to help, so it's in your interest to ask them questions, whether it's during class or at the end. It is your learning journey so tailor it how you want!