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Tips for Trainers: Reducing Trainee ‘Noise’

Tips for Trainers: Reducing Trainee ‘Noise’

New Way to Take Notes

One way to assist trainees to stay focused during the lesson is to get them to draw a vertical line down the page of their note-taking paper. It can either be drawn in the centre or at a 2/3, 1/3 point on the page.

The trainer explains that each person has internal noise. 

Trainees are encouraged to take course notes on one side of the line, and the other side, jot down their ‘internal noise’ thoughts as they pop into their minds. This includes for example, picking up the children from school, drropping off the dry cleaning, running an errand, or emails that need attention back at work. 

The trainer explains that by jotting down the thought, they do not lose it, but will not focus on it during training. As a wrap, it can be emphasised that as a result of this method, trainees will leave at the end of the day with a ‘complete set of notes!’. 


Try it out when you are in class next and let us know how it worked for you and your trainees. 

Anna Douglas

Anna Douglas spends most her time writing and editing content as one of our ASLS Bloggers. She specialises in all matters relating to training and development and one of her favourite things about this is getting to hear from the readers.

She previously worked at Australian Safety and Learning Systems as the Business Operations Manager, as well as delivering the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She provides a comprehensive and practical approach, is well-grounded in theory, and passionate about guiding learning in the workplace. Anna’s blog articles a ‘must read’ for those in the Vocational Education and Training sector. Whether a departmental trainer, a training manager or a training developer at heart, it is a valuable reference for all!

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