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Ways to learn

We’ve always been known for our brilliant classroom-based learning, and we’re justifiably proud of that. But times are changing, technology is improving, and people are expecting more choice in how they learn. That’s why we’ve introduced new ways to learn virtually, from your own home alongside the classroom sessions that you know and love.

You can split the learning we have into three distinct options. There’s some crossover, of course, and some courses will give you the option of enjoying a mixture of different learning styles. 

Have a look at the courses you can sign up to

Classroom learning

We’ve always been able to offer great learning in our centres, and we’ll keep doing so. If you want to visit one of our centres every week at the same time, and learn in the same room as a group of other people, then this will suit you to the ground. 

So what’s it like?

If you’re attending one of our classroom courses, you’ll need to be in your chosen centre for your session at the same time every week. You’ll sit down in one of our training rooms with a group of other people, and one of our fantastic tutors will lead you through the session.

Every session can be different – you might spend time listening to your tutor, or working in groups, or working on your own – it all depends what you’re learning. You’ll be able to chat to your classmates and your tutor, ask for help if you need it and learn in a friendly, safe environment.

You’ll also get all the great benefits of learning in a group – you’ll meet new people, spend time out of the house and maybe even make some new friends.  

What do I need to be able to learn? 

You’ll need to be able to get yourself to one of our centres (in Beverley, Bridlington, Cottingham or Goole) before the start of your session – and also get yourself back home again. We’d recommend bringing something to make notes with, whether that’s a pen and paper or a tablet or phone. 

Virtual Learning

If you sign up to a virtual learning course with us, you’ll be getting as close to the full in-centre classroom learning experience as possible, but from the comfort of your own home. You’ll still be taught by one of our brilliant tutors. You’ll still be in a small group of learners. You’ll still need to make sure you’re there at the right time every week. The big difference is that you can do it from the comfort and safety of your own home. 

So what’s it like?

When you sign up to a virtual course, you’ll have a start time just like you would with a classroom based course. But instead of having you make your way to a learning centre, you’ll log on to a group learning call.

Our virtual classrooms will open 15 minutes before the start of your session, so you can get logged in and comfortable, and have a chat to your fellow learners if you’d like. It’s not quite the same as meeting up before your session, but it’s a pretty good second best.

Once the session starts you’ll get the same experience as you would do in a classroom. You might be sitting and listening while your tutor explains something, or you might be separated into groups with other learners to work together. You might have some one-to-one time with your tutor or even present to the class yourself – all from your own sofa or desk.

The whole session will be live and interactive – you’ll be able to ask questions and work together with other learners just like you would in one of our classrooms. 

What do I need to be able to learn? 

If you want to complete one of our virtual learning courses, you’ll need access to a good internet connection and a device that you can use for video conferencing.

As a rough guide, if you can make Whatsapp / Facebook / Zoom video calls to friends or family already then you probably have everything you need already.

We would generally recommend a device with a larger screen and a camera. A smartphone will work, but you might struggle to see what’s going on due to the smaller screen, and you’re fine to use a PC that doesn’t have a camera but we think it’s nice to be able to see each other.

We’d also suggest finding yourself a calm, quiet space in which to learn, away from distractions like TV and people you live with.

You might also want to have something to take notes with, like a notebook and pen. If you prefer to take notes on your computer that’s fine too, but bear in mind that you might not be able to see the course if your note-taking app is on the screen.

Some courses might have their own specific requirements, but those will be explained when you’re signing up.  

eLearning

If you want to learn from home at your own pace, without being tied to logging on at a specific time, then our eLearning could be just what you’re looking for. You’ll be able to log on to our dedicated eLearn programme whenever it suits you, and complete modules at your own pace. 

So what’s it like?

When you sign up to eLearning, you’ll receive log on details and a password to our dedicated eLearn site. You’ll find the course you’ve signed up to ready and waiting for you on the dashboard on the front page.

The course itself is made up of lots of different elements – you’ll find video and audio clips, interactive quizzes, diagrams and text all presented in an easy to navigate format. You’ll be able to take notes as you go and refer back to them, and you can even save pages to look back at later on.

There’s no limit to how much or how little you have to learn at a time – you’ll be able to complete most modules fairly quickly, but if you want to set aside time to complete a few at once that’s fine too. You can access from any device, at any time so if you find yourself with a few minutes spare you can log on and complete a new section, or go back over some you’ve already done.

Because you’re learning by yourself you won’t have access to a tutor, but you will have a dedicated contact at one of our centres who will be able to help you with any technical problems. 

What do I need to be able to learn? 

All you’ll need for our eLearning courses is a compatible device, and most computers and tablets should be fine. Most smartphones should work too, though you might find it tricky to use on the small screen.

As with all home learning, we’d recommend finding a calm, quiet space in which to learn – but there are no limits, it’s really up to you. You might want to have something to take notes with too, though there’s a note-taking app built into the courses which works really well. 

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