Actively participate in the learning you choose to undertake. Then, to facilitate application of learning in the workplace, consolidate and transfer learning by asking and answering the following:
- What have I learnt?
Preparing a summary or overview consolidating key learning points at the end of formal learning helps promote retention of learning. Repeating the information or the action is another way of supporting retention of knowledge.
- So what?
Organising what was learnt into a unifying 'real-world' context through the use of visual imagery such as diagrams, flowcharts and mind maps helps deepen understanding of what has been learnt and facilitates appreciation of the connections and possibilities for application not realised before.
- Now what?
Beyond just retaining learning is the need to be able to apply it and extrapolate from it as actions to meet real-life needs and situations. Reflect on what behaviours, processes and approaches you can change, adopt or implement to give effect to what you have learnt and make a plan to sustain this through a support system of peers and mentors.