C is for Courses
I love to learn and consider myself a life-long learner. Over my various career paths I’ve attended courses, and during twenty years of teaching, I’ve also helped students choose courses best suited to them. Hands up if you’ve either attended a course which you considered a waste of time and money or enrolled on a one and didn’t complete it (both my hands are up). Whenever I choose a course now, I am SMART about it and ask myself the following questions:
Specific – does the course correspond to my aims and objectives? Being specific about what I want to achieve by the end of a learning programme is crucial.
Measureable – will the course be motivational and meaningful to my aims?
Achievable – will the course be achievable and offer the appropriate experience. The key to success is setting agreeable goals and having clear purpose.
Realistic – am I being realistic in my expected outcomes upon completion of the course?
Timely – will the course coincide with my life at the moment? Choosing the right time in which to embark on a new venture is crucial to success.
Have you been on a course lately? Were you SMART in choosing it? Have you ever not completed a course?