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Self study or attend class?

Self study versus attending a workshop

It’s a question a lot of learners ask themselves and training providers. A difficult one to give a blanket response. While the content may be the same in both offerings, the answer really lies in the individuals learning style. Worskhops are structured in nature. The instructor takes the participants through the concepts in detail, bundled with exercises and discussions.

The participants can benefit from the facilitators knowledge and can also learn from the experiences of other learners. There is constant sharing of information- both formally ( during class) and informally (during breaks). According to our PMP certification instructors in Malaysia, the interactive nature of the classroom allows for immediate clarification of questions and concerns.

On the downside, the classroom will move at a determined pace, catering to the average level of the class. Due to the constraint of time, there is limited flexibility of catering to the different levels of the participants. Some learners may feel the class is moving too fast while others may feel it is moving too slow.

Also, the learners need to take time out of their busy schedules to participate in the workshop- which is usually a full day at the very least, and could go upto many more days, depending on the subject. Self-paced learning on the other hand, allows for a lot of flexibility. The learner can go through the material at their convenience, and the pace that they feel comfortable.

On the downside, such learning requires that the students exercise a lot of self-discipline. Unlike the classroom training, where during a specified time period, they are a captive audience, in the self-study mode, they need to make the time to study. There arises a question of support as well. They need to establish a source of support in terms of clarification of questions during their preparation.

Both modes of learning have their pros and cons. It is upto the learner to figure out how they learn best, and choose the mode that enhances their learning in the most effective manner.


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