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Why you should use animated visuals when teaching apprentices

Technology can be a powerful tool for taking a complex idea and explaining it clearly with the use of visuals. Using a computer program such as PowerPoint can help you to illustrate teaching points and increase or decrease the amount

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Tips for asking clear “what” questions to help apprentices who have difficulty with reading

“What” is the most frequently used question word, yet “what” is considered to be the most challenging.  It is clear what other question words are asking for: “who” asks for a person, “where” asks for a place. “What” should ask

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Why You Should Use Photographs and Drawings in Technical Training

Photographs and drawings show, explain, or teach an item or concept in a more concrete way than words. Instructors can use them to illustrate concepts, transfer a concept from one application to another, or reduce the number of words needed

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The Advantages of Using Examples to Teach Applications

Using an example to teach an application has many advantages: Apprentices are more likely to be interested in learning when they can see how the application is relevant to their trade. An example provides a model that apprentices can follow

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Why Instructors Should Teach Calculator Use to Apprentices in Technical Training

Apprentices need to use calculators during technical training and in final exams, but calculator user manuals are usually overwhelmingly long and complex. It is unlikely that apprentices with weak Essential Skills can learn to use the calculator from the manual.

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5 Strategies for Building Trade-Specific Vocabulary

Apprentices need to learn and memorize a lot of vocabulary, terminology and jargon that is specific to the trade. Often this vocabulary cannot be located in a regular dictionary. That is why it is important for technical trainers to consistently

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How Instructors Can Control the Difficulty of Questions

Instructors ask about 100 questions per hour in a typical classroom setting. As instructors, we use questions when we teach and assess apprentices. If you think about it, apprentices can pass or fail courses depending on their ability to answer

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How to Increase the Essential Skills Levels of Apprentices (Part 2)

Apprentices with Level 2 Essential Skills will struggle with technical training. They need clearly laid out learning materials and are not very good at explaining what they are having difficulty with. They may require individual tutoring. In the previous blog,

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How to Increase the Essential Skills Levels of Apprentices (Part 1)

Typically, 30 to 50% of apprentices have Level 3 Essential Skills. At this level, apprentices are becoming independent learners and can explain what they are having difficulty with, but they are still struggling with some technical training material. They need

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6 Strategies to Help Apprentices Overcome Reading Challenges

Many apprentices, regardless of Essential Skill level, do not spend a lot of time reading outside the classroom. As a result, they may need more practice in reading regulations, standards and codebooks. You can help apprentices to overcome reading challenges

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