When and How to Do a Review in Corporate Training Programs
Reviews are an important part of all Corporate Training Programs. They provide a great opportunity to show progress and summarize key points from your course. Let’s consider when you should do a review and how to do one:
1. Have a review before a break, before lunch, and before the end of the day. By doing a review before a break, it provides a great summary of what was covered and smoothly transitions the group to the break. In addition, a review is usually a signal to the participants that part of the day is wrapping up.
2. In a multi-day program, start each day with a review of the previous day’s work. We all have busy lives, so it’s easy to forget some of what we may have done even one day ago! As such, use this review to cover what was accomplished. Again, this is a nice way to transition to the new material.
3. In a full-day program, do a review right after lunch—even if you did one before lunch! The last thing that anyone wants to do after a meal is jump right back into work. Instead, turn the review into a fun way to get back on topic.
4. In addition to the three previous points, you might also want to review more frequently should the material be particularly complex or if the participants’ background with the material is limited.
1. Reviews should really be just that—reviews. Don’t try to cover everything again; instead, highly the key points from the program.
2. As much as you possibly can, involve the participants in the review. Small group work (to come up with a list of key points) and sharing with other groups are great ways to keep your program interactive.
3. Incrementally build the review by going from participant to participant for thoughts on the key points from the program.
4. If the participants happen to forget to mention any key points, use a variety of questioning techniques to try to elicit those items.
5. Finally, don’t consider reviews an afterthought. Be sure to actually schedule time in your own lesson plan for the reviews.