We have often observed that parents prefer small batch sizes for their young children and individuals when given a choice. But have you ever wondered what exactly is it that makes a small batch workshop/ class so impressive and attractive?
There are numerous advantages. I would like to throw light on a few of them to drive home the importance and utility of small-batch workshops for any type of education for people of all age groups.
1. Personalized attention
It is needless to say that this is the biggest and foremost advantage of studying in a small batch and participating in a small batch workshop. It allows each student to get noticed. Even if the student wants, it is difficult for him/her to hide and get left behind.
Every student gets attention from the teacher and is encouraged to come forward and express his/her opinion.
2. Better results
Research proved that students learn and perform better when they study in small groups. This is also a function of the personalized attention that they get from their professors.
3. Enhanced learning
It is a well-known fact that not only do the students learn more in small batch size classes but they also learn faster. This, in turn, gives more bandwidth to the teacher to cover more topics in the session.
The concept of a small batch workshop also helps develop the confidence of the students. They come forward to share their opinions, ask and answer questions, which also benefits their peers. It especially serves as a boon for students who are by nature resistant to talking in big groups or are shy to ask questions.
Each student gets more chances to voice his/her opinion as compared to classes with large batch sizes.
4. More interactive classes
When the number of students is less, the class becomes like a community. Here everyone gets to know each other. It promotes the students as well as teachers to work in close coordination with each other.
More opportunities are available for students to identify their weaknesses and to work on them. It also helps in building the confidence of individual students and fosters long-lasting friendships.
5. Focus on learning
Fewer students also mean less distraction and disturbance in class. In workshops with a limited number of students, teachers get the opportunity to spend more time on teaching the material.
It also gives the instructor a platform to cater to different learning styles of different students. It helps them to engage students.
6. More feedback & personal attention
In a small batch workshop, Teachers have more time to individualize their feedback. They get to ensure that each student understands what the teacher is teaching, gets the help he or she needs and can reach his or her potential.
7. Sharing Of More Ideas
With fewer students in workshops, more time can be spent on different activities. For instance, sharing and developing ideas, expressing opinions and bringing in different perspectives of different students. These help the students to develop a holistic understanding of the topic.
8. Prompt Response to Questions
Asking questions is an important part of the learning process. It also demonstrates an active engagement with course material. While studying in a large group, it gets difficult for both the students and the professors. Students feel a little uncomfortable in asking multiple questions and the professor also finds it challenging to answer each question in the session. In a small batch workshop, however, asking and answering questions is a lot more simple and efficient.
Just think of all the times, when you wanted to ask a question but didn’t. You had thought the question is too stupid to ask. Ther’s also the disheartening feeling which you experience when you have a question but you don’t get an answer.
In such cases, small batch size workshops prove to be of great use as they give the bandwidth to both the student as well the professor to address a large number of questions. The student gets to ask as many questions as they like. They get prompt answers to their questions which keep them motivated and engaged in the session.
Some Other advantages
In addition to the above-listed advantages, there are various other factors like more comfortable environment with the relaxed mindset of both the instructor and the students, increased synergy which also play an important role in delivering better results and performance when people are inducted in smaller size batches when compared to large size groups.
Please be assured that we are not saying that results are not obtained in large size batches as we all know that at the end of the day, the learnings from a course are a function of various factors and batch size is just one of them.
The zeal of the candidate to learn, the ability of the professor to transfer the knowledge, etc being other critical factors. All we are trying to convey here is that small-batch workshops offer a better and more enriching lifetime learning experience to candidates irrespective of their age.
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