Students learn better after
hours, over longer time periods - Compuways
 Compuways has gained
valuable insight by asking its students what they want and how they
prefer to study. After some trial and error, the local IT training
and recruitment company has learned that its students prefer courses
to happen after hours, and over longer periods of time than the
traditional jam-packed few days
“Interestingly, we discovered that most of our students prefer to
keep their typical work day routines and study after hours,” says
Arnold Graaff, MD of Compuways.
Typically, Compuways offered training courses that covered a full
five days, averaging six hours of lectures per day, encapsulating a
total of 30 hours over the full duration. However, after some
research it has altered its courses to the ideal of the students and
now offers the same courses over a five-week period after hours,
while still completing the full 30 hours of lectures.
“Structuring our courses after hours gives our students more time to
do their homework and reading and we generally find they are better
prepared for each lesson and perform better in their final exams,”
Cramming has never been regarded as an effective method of studying
and most students found that courses that ran over longer periods
enabled them to really master the skills required before moving to
the next topic.
a method of teaching, students absorb information much better over
longer periods of time, when they have time to process and think
about what they are learning."
Compuways now effectively offers all of its courses over five-week
periods, with enough practical exercises to keep students, from all
levels of advancement, busy. The courses are structured to be
completed either over five Saturdays or ten weekday evenings, as
also got really positive feedback from students regarding the fact
that now our lecturer is on hand for a five-week period as opposed
to the original five days. We found this helped students improve
their preparation questions for the next class".
Compuways caters for student convenience and is also unique in its
course offerings because of its successful incorporation of Skype
video conferencing to cater for its students in Cape Town.
“Innovations like this are really driving Compuways forward as an IT
training company and are steering us towards our goal of making an
impact in a skill-starved industry,” ends Graaff.."