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Topics for learning support for young persons

  1. Match the learning initiative with personal biography and career aspirations
    Does the chosen training programme /learning activity fit the needs and talents of the person and his/her objectives? This issue should be considered throughout the entire training programme, when difficulties arise. It is preferable to change a chosen path in time than to persevere in it and fail.
  2. Fix learning objectives
    Related to the learning outcomes stated in a learning unit, a trainee can select or derive personal learning objectives, like for example improve his/her time management or presentation skills. The training thus gains in personal significance, and if the objectives are not too ambitious, minor achievements can contribute to motivation.
  3. Inform about learning formats
    The trainee may need to be given information on certain methods or formats, such as a learning project or group activities. He/she should not be unprepared and therefore reluctant to participate.
  4. Fix intermediate steps/targets
    Depending on the scale and duration of the learning unit/ programme it may be advisable to set intermediate targets against which progress can be assessed.
  5. Prepare for assessments
    Give information on assessment procedures and dates at an early stage. If possible, carry out “trial assessments” to reduce test nerves.
  6. Give advice with administration and reporting requirements
    This may concern the student’s report book or a journal he/she is expected to keep. He/she may need help with preparation for appointments or registration for final examination.
  7. Feedback on progress
    Give appreciative feedback to motivate the student, give advice if progress is slow.
  8. Emphasise the practical significance of learning subjects
    It is not always clear to young persons, how the subjects and activities of the training curricula will benefit their later professional career. Some subjects may appear dry and tedious and not important to them.
  9. Support self-assessment
    Trainees should be given help with self-evaluation, assessing their own progress in a realistic manner.

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