Identify possible resources
By "resources", here, you should understand the means that will make your actions possible.
You can distinguish at least four principal types:
During the exercise, fill in the "Resources" column of your learning plan (if you have not yet drawn up your own plan here is the link to the Excel Spreadsheet template).
Select your physical tools by asking yourself the following questions:
What is the least I need to start to undertake or explore a subject?
What are the material barriers that stop me from doing it?
What budget would it be reasonable to allocate given my level of commitment?
Select knowledge support materials
To feed your practice (of skills), you will need a certain minimum theoretical baggage (of knowledge).
There is an incredible variety of support materials. Some are extremely interactive, while others are less so. It is up to you to choose between the various:
Video courses and tutorials
Paper, digital or audio books
To choose those most suitable for you, ask yourself:
Will this support offer me mainly passive or active learning? Is it purely theoretical, practical or mixed?
Which of my senses will be engaged?
What will this support material cost me? In financial terms? In terms of time (opportunity cost)?
Could I get a better return on time invested with a different activity or support material?
Surround yourself with good human resources
Up to now, in this course, we have concentrated on the importance of independent practice, because it is too often neglected. Nonetheless, this does not challenge the existence and relevance of supported or group sessions.
If you have learned the hard way through the "trial and error" approach, learning from the mistakes of others can help you gain precious time.
To start to recruit your human resources, I invite you to find at least:
One + : a person more experienced than you in the subject (a role model, mentor, coach, tutor or teacher).
One = : another learner at a level fairly similar to your own (a learning buddy). You can then share your progress and help each other.
One – : another learner, at a lower level than your own, to whom you can give back what you have learnt.
Consider delegating to education professionals
Although designing your own learning plan gives you autonomy and independence, you can still outsource a part of your learning plan.
Joining training programs can provide several benefits. Teaching experts are there to take a lot of the training design off your shoulders, for example, and you’ll often have the opportunity to become certified at the end of a training programme.
Identify the resources that will be required for your learning plan and optimise its effectiveness:
Knowledge materials, such as books and videos;
Human resources, including mentors, peers and people whom you could teach what your are learning;
Whether you follow an off-the-peg training course or are 100% independent, in order to succeed you need to know how to manage your time. Continue to the next chapter to learn how to organise your timetable.