Education and Training Study Tips

 Education and TrainingTraining and vocational schools are educational institutions that provide practical and vocational skills and knowledge related to a specific competency, trade, occupation or profession. Training schools usually provide materials and equipment used in actual situations that an individual often faces at their workplace. This is similar to an on-the-job training that is done under normal working situations or a simulation of it. Vocational school, on the other hand, teaches students how to do a certain job and the skills needed for a given career.

Many thousands of students undertake and enroll in vocational education and training courses every year. However for those new to study, or returning to study, it can be difficult to get into an effective routine. The following article contains four good rules to follow that will help you achieve the most possible out of your education and training course.

Training and vocational schools are often operated by different federal departments such as the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services. All of these government institutions provide these programs especially for welfare recipients, poor adults and youth, and workers who have lost their jobs. However, there are also private training and vocational school that are subsidized by private colleges and universities for students who cannot afford to study full-time or for workers who need additional skills for mastery of their craft, certification and licensure, or for promotion.

Training schools have different programs to provide the skills and knowledge required to achieve certification or completion. There are two categories for training and these are on-the-job and off-the-job. On-the-job training places students within the normal working conditions while off-the-job training is done outside of the working area and in classrooms for students to concentrate more on the training itself. But there are some programs in training schools that require both practical and theoretical lessons to be provided simultaneously. These training schools usually have classrooms where an area is designed as a simulation of a “real time” working area. Training schools cater to various levels of students of different ages such as those that teach languages, arts, performing arts, sports, and sciences, as well as those that provide training for improving work skills for their jobs.

Vocational schools are similar to training schools in that students are prepared for jobs using manuals and practical activities which are related to specific trade, occupation or vocation. However, these educational institutions are primarily provided at the secondary or post-secondary level which is similar to an apprenticeship. The programs are designed for students to immediately get jobs after attending vocational schools or to continue their education in colleges or universities. However, vocational schools do not belong to the higher education category.

Examples of vocational school programs include:

  • Auto repair technician/mechanic
  • Bookkeeping
  • Carpentry
  • Child day care management
  • Computer programming
  • Cooking and catering
  • Criminal justice
  • Dental assistant
  • Electrician
  • Floral design
  • Medical transcription
  • PC repair and maintenance
  • Photography
  • Plumbing
  • Veterinary assistant or technician
  • Website design

Create a Study Space

Before beginning it is important to create your own study area. It is important that this area is available at any time and is free from disruptions like television. Keep this space clean as a de-cluttered area means a de-cluttered mind. Have a good light and chair at your desk and before sitting down to begin ensure that all materials needed are available – having to search for these later will get your mind out of the ‘zone’.

Create a Routine

Make a list of all your assessment due dates and set smaller due dates to ensure work is completed on time. Work out your learning style and study technique. Once you know this you can effectively plan your time. To do this think about whether your prefer to study with music or in silence, in a group or individually, indoors or outdoors or in long hours or short bursts.

Finally, work on your least preferable assignment or subject first. If you start on your favourite it is likely that you will spend a disproportionate amount of time on it impacting the opportunity to succeed in the others.

Health, Stress and Relaxation

Research shows that you are more likely to retain information if you study for less and get longer night’s sleep than if you stay up all night and forfeit rest. Drink herbal teas to relax and practice deep breathing for calming. It is important to avoid creating a reliance on coffee and energy drinks as well as alcohol. Remember to take your breaks where it is logical to do so, like between models, different subjects or study topics. Most of all reward yourself after you have completed certain goals.

Create Goals

When setting goals the most important thing to remember is to ensure they are realistic. Aiming to complete a huge assignment in a couple of hours is probably going to be unrealistic. Small goals are encouraging as each time you achieve one you are motivated. Set your goals according to your strengths and weaknesses.