What are the Benefits of Hands-on-Learning
While educational approaches used to subscribe to a “one-size-fits-all” philosophy, observation, testing, and psychology have revealed, by degrees, a different picture over the last few decades. Different students learn in different ways, and forcing all to adhere to a singular style of learning has the potential of limiting two-thirds – or more – of any given class.
At AWGTC, we incorporate hands-on learning and training techniques as an integral part of our teaching strategy in our academic programs. We know that not all students are the same, which is why we have available and incorporate these progressive teaching methods in all of our field and classroom training. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of hands-on learning for students, including a variety of learning styles and training techniques that are effective both in and out of the classroom – and how they can serve you in your future career.
What is the Best Way for A Student to Learn
‘Best’ is a subjective term, but certain learning styles offer clear advantages over others, depending on the subject(s) of study. Below are several core learning styles commonly practiced in the classroom from grade school to college:
- Visual learning, often called “book” learning, has long been the prevailing method, compelling students to read, remember, and recite the information on a page in reports, tests, and quizzes. This method is most frequently used by teachers during early childhood for school-aged children, where information is traditionally taught using picture books, flashcards, and later, textbooks.
- Auditory learning, most easily observed in the lecture formats of certain college courses, relies upon the student to take in an instructor’s information through listening to them live, or via a pre-recorded session, requiring students to take notes accordingly throughout the process. This form of learning may or may not encourage discussion, depending on the preferences of a given professor.
- Kinesthetic learning, is the third and most intriguing of the learning styles, mingling elements of both visual and auditory learning and compelling full participation from the student. Named after kinesiology, the study of human movement, it’s most referred to as “hands-on” learning. This blended learning technique is one of the key drivers in trade school learning, as it allows students to become comfortable and familiar with the hands-on processes and skills of what will hopefully become their careers, rather than simply watching or reading about them.
Does Hands-On Lerning Work for Everyone?
Barring severe shyness or anxiety, hands-on learning is uniquely positioned to support or elevate any type of learner. Everyone has their own specific needs when it comes to their personal learning style. Students that prefer to listen to their lesson can hear the instructor as they follow along, and those that do well with visuals can watch the instructor, duplicating his or her steps after they’re finished. Rather than a learning style alone, hands-on learning should be a functional part of every lesson plan, if only to familiarize students with the models and materials they’ll use later in either professional, post-graduate employment or trade positions.
Here are some potential advantages:
Skill reinforcement: Hands-on training allows commercial drivers to reinforce and enhance their driving skills. By revisiting and practicing various driving techniques, they can improve their ability to handle challenging situations on the road. This reinforcement can help drivers develop better hazard perception, defensive driving techniques, and overall control of their vehicles.
Correcting errors: After an accident, it’s crucial to identify any errors or mistakes that may have contributed to the incident. Hands-on training provides an opportunity to address these issues directly. By working with experienced instructors, drivers can receive personalized feedback and guidance to correct any specific errors they made and learn alternative strategies to prevent similar accidents in the future.
Confidence building: Accidents can have a significant impact on a driver’s confidence. Hands-on training can help rebuild confidence by allowing drivers to practice and refine their skills in a supportive and controlled environment. The repeated practice of correct driving techniques can instill a sense of competence and assurance in their abilities.
Risk awareness and management: Hands-on training can help commercial drivers develop a better understanding of risk factors on the road. By simulating real-life scenarios, drivers can learn to anticipate and manage risks effectively. Training exercises may include emergency maneuvers, such as evasive steering or braking techniques, which can enhance a driver’s ability to respond to sudden hazards or adverse conditions.
Enhanced safety consciousness: After experiencing an accident, drivers may become more aware of their vulnerability and the potential consequences of unsafe driving practices. Hands-on training reinforces the importance of safety protocols, defensive driving strategies, and adherence to traffic laws. It can foster a safety-conscious mindset that drivers can carry forward in their professional driving careers.
It’s important to note that hands-on training would be conducted by our qualified instructors following established training protocols. The exact training program and its benefits may vary depending on the specific circumstances, the severity of the accident, and the training resources available.
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