Why one-on-one training is better than group training

Group training vs One-on-one training

I offer two types of training:

  • Group training, and
  • One-on-one training

With group training, I provide instruction in how to use a single program to a group of eight or more people over the course of eight hours. For example, with Excel group training, I provide a manual and demonstrations, and assist the group through various hands-on activities to show them how to make use of Excel’s main features – such as formulas and filtering.

With one-on-one training, I work with just a single person for about two hours. We discuss the issues which they are currently facing and what they would like to learn. Using this information, I provide them with training specific to their needs.

For example, a finance worker may talk about her need to work with GST in her organisation’s spreadsheets. Based on this discussion, I would train her in the use of IF statements and how to apply GST in Excel spreadsheets. So that the knowledge she gained was directly applied to the problem she was facing, we would work on a copy of her organisation’s spreadsheet.

Why one-on-one is better

Group training runs for eight hours while one-on-one training runs for only two. On the face of it, it seems you would get better value for money if you attended group training. However, there are many drawbacks with group training which have led me to conclude that one-on-one training is better. These drawbacks include:

  • You lose the whole day to a group training session, rather than just 2 hours. Furthermore, after about 4 hours training, your ability to learn greatly diminishes. The final 4 hours of group training are generally spent in a stupor caused by brain overload.
  • Large sections of the training may be irrelevant to your needs. For example, if you already know the basics of a program, listening to an instructor talk about them for the benefit of others is a waste of your time.
  • Generic documents which have little relevance to you and your work are used as examples.
  • In a class of eight students, you need to compete with seven other students for the trainer’s attention.

On the other hand, with one-on-one training sessions:

  • Training is provided which addresses just your needs. Nobody else’s needs are even touched in your two hours with the trainer.
  • Training is provided on your documents. For example, your Excel spreadsheets, your Access databases and your PowerPoint presentations are used in the training.
  • You get the trainer’s full attention rather than needing to compete with other students and their needs.
  • Two hours of training costs $220, which is generally cheaper than a full days training.

In summary, one-on-one training provides training which is targeted directly to your needs and is delivered in a shorter time and at a cheaper cost. Although it may seem like you may get more in an 8 hour group training course, I hope I’ve convinced you that you will benefit more from a one-on-one session.

What I provide

I provide one-on-one training sessions for all of the key computer applications including Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Access, Publisher and PowerPoint. For a full list of the programs I can cover, please see my training services page or contact me directly.

What about you?

What sort of training do you prefer? Do you think one-on-one training is better than group training?

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