When you are planning on attending a training course there are a few things you as a student should do. These could include some simple things such as:
1. When making hotel arrangements, consult with the person/company providing the training and ask for a list of recommended hotels. They may negotiate special rates with certain hotels or they may know the hotels that are the most convenient to the location.
2. Always ask for and review the training agenda/syllabus.
3. Allow extra space in your luggage to carry back the training materials you will be given during class.
4. Ask questions during the course (there are no “dumb” questions). If you don’t understand something ask —there is always a first time to learn anything. Not understanding something and not asking hurts only you.
5. If possible use the software and/or instrument prior to the class as this can help you formulate productive questions and you will gain much more from the course.
6. Remember that if you’re not rested you will not get the full benefit of the course —do not let your nighttime enjoyment compromise your ability to focus on the training material each day.
7. If you’re unhappy with something in the class tell the instructor either during class or on a break. The instructor wants you to have a productive training experience. The instructor cannot help you if you do not make your questions or concerns known. Remember, courses should be targeted to the average experience in the class and not for the most advanced participant or for the novice either.
Check to see if your equipment needs any calibration or repairs prior to attending the class. Make arrangements to have these repairs or calibration completed while you are attending the training course. This is the perfect time to have these types of things completed.