Follow-Ups (Spaced Practice) for All “Training from the BACK of the Room” Classes


For participants who have attended a 2-day “Training from the BACK of the Room” (TBR) class, the “real work” begins after the class is over – with “Follow-Ups,” of course!

If you’re a regular blog reader here, you already know that brain scientists call Follow-Ups “spaced practice.” Spaced practice (small segments practice time done over a few days, weeks, or months) is better than “massed practice” (one large chunk of practice done in one sitting). Spaced practice helps learners move content into long-term memory and then use the information in practical ways.

The Follow-Ups here are for the participants of any official 2-day TBR class taught by either Sharon or one of the outstanding Certified Trainers on the TBR Certified Trainers team.

Even if you did not attend a TBR class, many of the numbered activities that are listed at the bottom of this page will enhance your own classroom and online instruction. And, of course, you can create Follow-Ups like these for your own training programs.

READ ONE: Go back through your class notes and materials and read at least one note-taking page, one workbook article, one book chapter, or one website resource each week. This will deepen your understanding and application of the concepts through future weeks and months.

CHOOSE ONE: From your readings, or from the activities listed below, choose one strategy to use in your next class, presentation, or training.

USE ONE: Use your chosen strategy and then record the results in a training journal so that you’ll remember how it worked and what, if anything, you might change next time around to make it work even better.

DO ONE: Each week, do one of the activities below.

1. Read the blog post “What to Do When the Training Day is Over and the Real Work Begins.”

2. Read Holding Onto What You’ve Learned.”

3. Go to Slides About PowerPoint, scroll down the page, and choose one slide presentation to view (they are all short, image-rich presentations). Then make a commitment to change at least one element in your own slide deck (examples: font size or type, photo usage, color scheme, amount of text per slide, etc.).

4. View “How to Learn Things Super Quick.”

5. Go to Videos from YouTube and view one of the short, interesting videos posted there that you haven’t yet viewed.

6. Finally, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to click on the blog post below and then download, print, and cut out your own Pocket Cards to help you gain more from this spaced practice: Enhancing ANY Learning Experience with Pocket Cards (Set 2).

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