You start a course that you are super keen about. You whiz through the introductory module, start to dig down into the first few lessons, and WHAM – you are asked to complete a full plan of something or fill out an 8-page worksheet.
You know that tense feeling you have? Interestingly, that is what most college and university students feel when taking programs as well.
So, where in the teacher’s manual does is state kill the student with overwhelm? I must have missed that chapter.
Lucky for you (and your future student), I have a simple strategy to share that tackles tension before it ever rears its ugly head.
Start small with your exercises. If your students feel successful applying a step in a small way, they are more apt to work on a larger version of that step.
There are several reasons why bite-size exercises work best for students;
You promised people they will learn something in your course, right?
So, let’s ensure that happens. Here’s how;
TIP #1: To conquer overwhelming courses with oodles and oodles of serious content, add playful, bite-size exercises.
TIP #2: People learn by doing as it moves knowledge into long-term memory to reuse later.
Let’s say you are taking a DIY home decorating course because you are itching to paint, embellish, and refurnish one of your fave rooms .
So, Module 1 covers different styles of decorating, such as classic, eclectic, French country, romantic, minimalist, etc.
And the module has lovely pics and descriptions of these styles. Then comes …
Exercise Overwhelm: Choose a design style and create a plan on how you will transform your fave room using a certain theme, including colours, accent pieces, window and floor treatments, and select furniture.
Hit a brick wall. Faint.
Or…. you can guide them with bite-size exercises, FIRST.
Bonus Playtime: Get the right colour combo by exploring these palettes
NOTE: This exercise took me 15 minutes to create and find fun, free resources. Also, I would suggest in future modules to drill deeper into interior design theories and steps and have students play with those elements all BEFORE the larger project of a design plan.
As well, each exercise would take about 30 to 45 minutes for learners to complete (longer for enthusiasts) and warms them up to interior decorating without overwhelming them.