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Individual versus group training

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Training, be it corporate or personal (e.g. learning to dance or swim), comes in two forms: private and group, and can last from a few days to weeks and even months. Although the goal of both is the same, i.e. teach participants new skills and processes, or company policies (for corporates), each has its own pros and cons.

Obviously, group training edges out private training in the battle of costs. But one gets what one pays, and this usually means getting less coaching time and attention from instructors. Another drawback is that group lessons and discussions are not exactly tailored to suit individual learning styles. One of two things could happen as a result: a participant might not be able to keep pace with the lessons finding them too fast for comprehension, or the complete opposite, that is, too slow to hold his interest. Participants are, however, given the opportunity to “get social” enabling them to pick up insights from or share learnings with other participants.

Private training, all its exorbitant fees notwithstanding, is the ideal route to learning things fast and easy. The instructor can pour in more attention to his trainee, even customizing sessions to address the latter’s specific requirements and working around his schedule. With this option, trainees are able to soak up knowledge and harness their skills at their own pace, minus the pressure associated with group training. Progress is also noted to be quicker as lessons are intensive, with little distraction. One downside to this, aside from being expensive, is that the “student” may at times get demotivated as there is less social interaction available.

Handy Hints
• Group training is more cost effective than private
• Individual training customizable to learner needs
• Choice based on budget, what needs to be learned


Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer