Fun Ways to Learn

For the fastest learning and greatest 
retention, all learning goes in this order:

FIRST: Attention getting opening
Learners tell or write what they already know
Facilitator tells or writes big objectives for learning
Learners write, verbalize & visualize specific individual objectives as though already achieved (Facilitator makes sure they’reSMART & tells research on why objectives help learning)
Facilitator tells all learning methods and times
Facilitator & Learners work on all learning methods needed to meet objectives (repeat cycle below for each learning method needed to meet all objectives) 
Objective (boxed)
Intro (labeled)
Facilitator instructions &/or text (labeled)
Processing (labeled)
Facilitator reviews all that is learned
Facilitator tells and shows resources to use for future
Learners complete the Learning Action Plan
LAST:  Call to action closing that matches opening
For self-study manuals, video, audio, WBT/CBT - all references to what the facilitator does are done by written instructions, voice-overs or on screen "facilitator"


Overall you’ll speed up learning with:

Learning methods for all 4 learning styles (unless determined that training will not include all styles) and highly interactive using the standard - Facilitator talks no more than 25% of time, including lecture, instructions, opening/closing, processing questions - Learners doing 75% with Facilitator as expert in room  
Use Fun Meter buttons as part of the learning
Learning that allows for the cycle of learning to be achieved
1st build community
2nd build knowledge
3rd build skill
4th build possibilities
  Learning method in group training to get learners involved with each other within the first 15 minutes
  Include at least one method to help learners retain what they learned
While learning imagine: brainq.jpg (2222 bytes)
- boss said they’d be giving a report on what they learned
- have to do classroom training on what they learned
- have to write book from new view point
Take breaks frequently
Plan to review notes regularly after training 3-4 minutes each time - practice during training
Create multi-sensory memories of each thing to remember
Make visual images linked - especially if there’s movement or humor
Play music to stimulate emotional part of brain - long term memory is situated there
Record what they want to learn and listen to it & music together
Organize material in related categories and label categories
Memory flashing - look at notes for a few minutes, then rewrite w/o looking at them, then compare the 2 sets. Keep doing this until both sets are the same
Flash cards for review
Create mnemonic devise - 3, 5 or 7 letters best
Let it sink in overnight after reviewing notes - brain uses sleep as time to file
Number the points
Whole learning - learn words, add sound, add movement
Fluency=mastery - continue learning it after already know it
Compress information into chunks and label each chunk, then make a mnemonic for the chunk words
Use music to associate actions with the speed, etc. of the music and/or lyrics with music to remember a list in order or other methods (ex. ABC song)
Hold up props or use hand motions while saying words to create pictures (ex. To remember cartoon hold up a car and a record while saying the word)

Participative Learning Methods

Most training includes people who learn one way better than another. Because of this mixture and to keep people's attention, use a variety of learning methods to meet their needs. Remember, you can use all the methods below for self study, OJT, and for group training:

Application Projects
Articles & Books
Audio Tapes (music & speaking)
Book Groups
Buddy Meeting
Card Sorts (skills, career)
Case Studies
Chain Gang Lecture
Charts, Graphs, Posters
Computer/Web-Based Training
Concept Interference Lecture
Concert Reading
Confederate Lecture
Continuing Learning
Cross Functional Job Assignment
Demonstration Lecture
Experiential Lecture
Expert Call In Lecture
Field Trips/Guided Tours
Five-Minute Fables
Ice Breakers
Job Aids
Lecture in a Fishbowl
Learning Stations/Booths
Magic Tricks                        Matching
Participatory Lecture
Planned Interruptive Lecture
Prep work
Press Conference Lecture
Programmed Instruction Lecture
Real Time Video Tutorial Lectures Research
Role-play Lecture
Self-Analysis, Reflection  Sequencing (forward or backward chaining, hierarchical)
Sharing Best Practices
Study Groups
Synergogic Lecture
Teach Back
Team Quiz Lecture
TV & Video
Video Tape
Voice Mail, Email
Working Session