Learner Readiness

Learner Readiness Slide 2

Organisational Learner Readiness

Your company is ready to invest a significant amount of time and money into training and upskilling your staff. Your people have identified the specific areas where training gaps exist, the training organisation has been engaged and the participants chosen. All are well qualified in their respective positions and you’re expecting a good return on investment.  Right?

Wrong!

In spite of skill levels and intelligence many Australians struggle when undertaking training. That’s because inside each of us are little literacy and numeracy time bombs, all ticking and waiting to explode in the right circumstances. Identifying them and defusing them prior to the commencement of training is essential if you are to receive the expected ROI.

Your trainees’ level of functional literacy and numeracy in English, how well they write and spell, how fast they read, their level of understanding, how they learn and how well they engage with their trainers are just a few of the areas that could impact on and potentially derail your training program.

Compounding the difficulties is Australia’s relatively low adult literacy rate. Consider the following media release:

According to experts from the Australian Council for Educational Research “the existence of large numbers of Australians with low literacy and numeracy skills has a negative impact on individuals, the economy and productivity…. (ACER 09.10.13).

Add to this the fact that over a quarter of Australia’s population come from a non-English speaking background and the scope of the problem widens considerably. The result is that, without some additional knowledge about those undertaking training at your company’s expense, the often quoted statistic of only 10% of training being applied to the workplace is probably close to the truth. Even if this statistic is boosted by putting a positive spin on it and dividing training and education into separate compartments, the statistics are still unacceptably low.

Don’t waste your training dollars!

The truth is that Literacy levels can be increased, no matter what barriers exist in the learner: providing you know what the problems and gaps are.

Thorne Moir specialise in analysis of your course participants to pinpoint problems and provide help, advice and support in overcoming them. Our expert team is there to help you get the highest ROI on your company’s training dollar.

Don’t let poor corporate literacy and numeracy lower productivity, devalue your training ROI and affect you corporate image.  Contact us now.

Student Learner Readiness

School provides you with all the information you need to write your essays, complete set tasks and projects and pass exams. It brings the knowledge of the external world to you. Your part is to use that knowledge to gain your education.

What school doesn’t provide is the specific information about you and the way you learn that allows you to access that knowledge efficiently and effectively. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you stumble on that information by yourself because the way you are taught matches the way you learn. Sadly, for too many, that vital information remains locked within them.

Bruce Lee says, “If you [are following] the classical pattern you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself.”

He’s right! How many times have you understood exactly what you needed to do to achieve your goals and so planned your work, completed all the research, applied yourself, consistently put in the study time, done the reviews and still only achieved average marks: or worse still simply failed? If you have the added difficulty of studying your course in English, a language other than your native tongue, the problems you face are compounded.

Hidden barriers to learning can derail the most dedicated student. Sometimes, the barriers are not hidden but simply not recognised for what they actually are. Consider the following:

  • Poor spelling and/or grammar
  • Missing or incorrectly used punctuation
  • Reading slowly
  • Forgetting quickly and poor information recall
  • Disorganised  thinking

These are just a few of the learning barriers that may be holding you back. When you add to these the feelings of study being a struggle, no knowledge of how you take information in comfortably, not understanding your preferred learning mode and the way you intuitively like to learn, you begin to understand that there are many hidden ways you may be sabotaging your own success. To be a successful learner you have to know yourself and learn in the way that is natural to you.

The good news is that most learning barriers can be quickly and efficiently overcome once they are identified. At Thorne Moir we specialise in identifying your specific learning barriers and supporting you while removing them.

“Connecting with yourself and knowing yourself is a monumental and life changing event.”                                    Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life