Right Attitude. Right System. Right Team.


Every now and then, a student writes a Review that we believe deserves to be featured and discussed. Instead of them ending up hidden among the others, we will share them with you, and let you know our thoughts about them.

This is what Anup said: 

I enrolled for Diploma of Leadership and management with lots of hesitation as I did not know much about this organization. After I started, I realized I made a right decision choosing Fortress learning.

They have the right attitude. They have the right system. They have the right team. Training resources were great.

Bryan expects the comprehensive and high quality submission, so it made me work hard and put in more efforts and time.

Another good thing is, submission gets checked within four days. So, they do not make you wait long to get your assessment checked.

There was never a moment when I was frustrate dealing with them.

If I have to give any suggestion, I will say, please include more courses.

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Overcoming Learner Discomfort


 

What is learner discomfort?

“When a learner becomes conscious of their own performance – or lack of – that then can lead to them becoming anxious, which is an uncomfortable place to be.

So by “learner discomfort”, I guess I am talking about feelings of anxiety, worry or concern. A lack of confidence in the learner’s ability to participate in any meaningful way; to progress in any meaningful way.” – Dr Bryan West, Fortress Learning Diploma Trainer.

Now that we know what it is, how do we overcome it? 

The four episodes below are from Fortress Learning’s series on teaching microskills called The Small Stuff.

In each episode, Bryan offers some strategies that you can implement in the classroom to make learning a much more comfortable, and therefore more productive, experience.

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Didn’t get marked as Satisfactory the first time? It’s not the end of the world.


 

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison.

Sometimes at Fortress Learning, our students get an assessment submission marked as Not Yet Satisfactory. This can cause disappointment, anxiety, sadness, and even anger!

The reality is, being marked as Not Yet Satisfactory is not the end of the world. It just means you get to have another shot at fulfilling the requirements of the task.

I sat down with Diploma Trainer and Managing Director of Fortress Learning, Dr Bryan West, to pick his brain about what it means to be marked as Not Yet Satisfactory.

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Actions to take when study is stressing you out


We’ve all been there. We have all sat at a desk re-reading the same section of text over and over again, becoming more and more frustrated by the second. Frustration leads to stress which leads to anxiety which leads to feelings of flight or fight.  We want to quit, or we want to argue.

If you are studying a Cert IV TAE, Dual Diploma of VET/TDD, or a Triple Diploma of Business, Business Administration and Leadership and Management and felt this way, you are not alone. When we get stressed, often we get caught in the same loop of thinking. The trick is to have coping strategies for when the stressful moment arises.

Here are 4 actions to take when study is stressing you out:

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Three Diploma Graduates share their experiences


 

When it comes to study (and life!), everyone’s experience is different. We all have different demands, priorities, routines, preferences and motivations, so it only makes sense that everyone has their own unique experience when it comes to online learning.

We interviewed three of our Diploma Graduates to find out about their own online learning experience.  While each experience was different, the end result remained the same: they all successfully completed their qualification!

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Your ‘why’: to comply or to perform?


Every now and then, a Triple Business Diploma student writes a Review that we believe deserves to be featured and discussed. Instead of them ending up hidden among the others, we will share them with you, and let you know our thoughts about them.

This is what Raj said:

When I started this program almost a year ago, my aim was to quickly go through a program to maintain industry currency and compliance in an industry sector that is becoming more and more complicated with stricter governance standards.

However, as I started working through the materials, I was pleasantly surprised at the level of support, and professionalism from you and your team.  That level of professionalism forced me to stop and reconsider my motives, and apply what I already knew, more professionally, and as would be expected from a professional in the L&D sector.

I want to thank you and your team for all your support and efficiency in making this possible.  As you know, in this year I have also embarked on a new business venture and having someone from your office monitoring my progress and keeping me on track has been a huge plus.

I would recommend your RTO – and I do – to anyone looking to further their studies.

All the best to you and your team.

Best Regards

Raj Nathoo, Fortress Learning Triple Diploma of Business, Business Administration and Leadership and Management Graduate.

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VET: Challenging Assumptions


We often hear that some people find courses within the VET sector more difficult than a university degree.

Fortress Learning Diploma of Business Administration, Diploma of Leadership and Management, and Diploma of Training, Design and Development Graduate, Christopher Ward, recently shared his experience comparing VET and University education with us:

‘It’s just a vocational certificate, how hard can it be? It’s not like it is university.’ Quite often students seem to think that VET courses are all easy and take very little effort. That would at least be partly true due to the… well… you know, some of the less than compliant RTOs that seem to give out qualifications like they are a bag of chocolate all sorts.

My own experience (where I learnt my lesson) – Diploma of Business was going to be easy, right? I mean, I had a couple of years of management experience by then. And better yet, the girlfriend of my study friend was starting 2nd year university for Bachelor of Business, surely she could help. My study friend asked for her help and as it turns out, what we were learning to do during a 6 month Diploma was ahead of the practical learning at university… we ended up helping her instead! (So much for vocational learning being strictly sub-par to university).

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The 10 Leadership Attributes of a Trainer and Assessor


The role of a Trainer and Assessor requires efficiency, an eye for detail and, most importantly, the ability to lead students to success.

Here are 10 leadership attributes of a Trainer and Assessor, with quotes from those who know the profession well:

1. Self-efficacy 

Self-efficacy can be defined as a person’s belief in their ability to succeed. Having a full belief in oneself and one’s occupation allows both the Trainer and Assessor and student to feel confident that they, together, can succeed.

“Teach with passion… A passion that comes from an innate place to harness knowledge and nurture skill.”

– Vijia Chain, Ready Health Nursing College CEO and Director of Clinical Governance.

“I believe it is difficult for most people to have a full belief in one’s self. A lot of people have trouble with that for whatever reason. I don’t believe it is necessary to have a full belief in one’s self in order to have a full belief in what you’re doing.

From a point of view of leadership it’s so much easier to lead others; to encourage others; to be a role model for others, if you believe, and if you together believe, in what it is you are trying to achieve.”

– Dr Bryan West, Fortress Learning Managing Director.

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Thinking of enrolling in an online course with Fortress Learning? Here is some advice from recent graduates


In the name of research (and because we were curious) Fortress Learning reached out to our recent graduates to ask them a series of three questions:

What questions do you wish you had asked before starting your course?
What do you wish you had known during your course?
What advice would you give someone who is about to start their course?

It was truly humbling the amount of detailed, in-depth responses we received. We felt it was only fair to share this constructive and well-thought-out feedback with those who could use it the most: our students.

To any new or existing Fortress Learning students, here are some helpful tips, thoughts and opinions from those who have gone before you:

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The single best predictor of success for Cert IV TAE and Diploma students


What do all successful Fortress Learning students have in common? Discipline.

“Discipline is the ability to give yourself a command and then follow it.” – Bob Proctor.

When it comes to completing your Cert IV TAE or Diploma, you don’t have to like it to do it; you don’t even have to want to do it; you just have to choose to do it.

“My only issues in completing the course were due to procrastination given the flexible study pattern.” – Jacob, Fortress Learning Cert IV TAE Graduate.

Jacob is not alone. When you have 6 months or a whole year to complete a qualification, it is very easy to think, “I’ve got heaps of time, I’ll just start it tomorrow”.

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10 Tips For When Procrastination Hits


which direction do you choose?

Procrastination can happen to the best of us. No matter whether it is your Cert IV TAE or a Diploma of VET or even Leadership & Management, it can get us all.

When the procrastination bug strikes, suddenly clipping your big toe nail is the most pressing thing on your to-do list. Or perhaps you suddenly have the undeniable urge to investigate Shania Twain’s wikipedia page.

Or maybe NOW is the only time to clean out the pantry?

You may know the feeling.

Here are ten helpful tips on how to beat procrastination when it hits, and finally finish that qualification that you have been meaning to finish for too long already. Read more…