5 Important Things to Keep in Mind When Educating Beginners
As a teacher or mentor, it can be both challenging and rewarding to work with beginners. Whether you're teaching a child how to walk, an adult how to drive, or a group of elderly people how to use an iPhone, the key to success is to remember that everyone has different learning styles, backgrounds, and abilities.
Using the opening paragraph as a template, myself and Rhys have ticked every box when it comes to 123Cryptos. Firstly, writing the course was extremely challenging because we knew every single word had to be understood by the beginner. If we failed at that, then our USP would be ruined.
As a result, each block was written with caution and was constantly tinkered and revised until we had what we believe is the ultimate orange pill machine. So, whilst it was challenging and time consuming, the feeling can now start to shift towards a one rewarding one as we aim to educate a whole host of new faces.
Secondly, it is true that everyone learns in different ways. Because of this, the content needs to be varied and engaging. This is especially the case when you are trying to educate beginners on a new topic. You have to juggle at tailoring to everyone's backgrounds and abilities, whilst keeping the information clear, simple and understandable.
One of the main reasons why we believe the 123Cryptos course is successful at achieving the points above is because we knew what not to do. The Bitcoin/crypto industry is full of great content and information, yet there really isn't enough solely beginner-friendly help.
Yes, some may claim to be "beginner-friendly" but all we found was that the content itself was too advanced and contained too much jargon.
So, reflecting on the comments above, here are five important things to keep in mind when educating beginners:
#1: Start with the basics
It's important to assume that the reader know very little about the topic at hand, and to build their understanding gradually. Starting with the basics will ensure that they have a solid foundation to build on, and that they don't become overwhelmed by too much information at once.
We are pretty aware that it is unlikely for someone to stumble upon 123Cryptos whilst clothes shopping online. The reason you are on 123Cryptos is because you want to learn about crypto. And the fact you want to learn crypto in a simple way indicates you may be a newcomer. Consequently, the content has to be bitesize and easily understandable.
#2: Be patient
Beginners are bound to make mistakes, and it's important to be patient and understanding when they do. Instead of getting frustrated, take the time to explain things clearly and help them to learn from their mistakes.
Everything we do, we try to ensure that it is broken down and explained as simply as possible. Therefore, if a mistake is made or the reader struggles to understand something, the area is contained because it isn't one long piece of text.
For that reason, our course is only 100 minutes long and each block is broken up in to 6 pieces. That way, the information is contained and it becomes easier to process information.
#3: Use clear and simple language
Avoid using jargon or technical terms that your reader may not be familiar with. Instead, use clear and simple language that is easy for them to understand.
That is our mantra: Learn Crypto the Simple Way. Even the mantra itself is simple!
Before we started building 123Cryptos, we had a good look at all the different courses, tutorials and videos there are online about Bitcoin and crypto. For the most part, the content itself was really good and you could learn a lot from it...if you already know a few things. That was the issue, though. You had to know a few things beforehand.
That's why we wanted to make 123Cryptos the first port of call for anyone interested in learning about:
#4: Provide plenty of examples
Providing plenty of examples is a great way to help beginners understand a new concept or skill. Use real-world examples that are relevant to them, and encourage them to practice what they have learned through hands-on activities.
We made a conscious effort to use as many real-world examples as we could in the course. Bitcoin seems advanced and crypto may sound scary, but a lot of it can be compared to other technological advancements of the past.
By getting in to the habit of using other examples, it can help the beginner to compare things and make it relatable in a way that's understandable to them.
#5: Be positive and encouraging
Lastly, it's important to be positive and encouraging when working with beginners. Praise their efforts and give them positive feedback, even if they are not yet reaching the desired goal. Always remind them that learning something new takes time and perseverance, and that the most important thing is to keep trying and not giving up.
Within the course, a small quiz pops up at the end of each 10-minute block to go over the content they have read. The quiz isn't there to catch anybody out, yet there is a chance the reader may get the wrong answer.
It's important that you remain encouraging and ensure that progress is always being made. After all, taking the time to learn something new is progress in itself.
In conclusion, educating beginners requires patience, understanding and a clear strategy. But with the right approach, you can help anyone build a solid foundation and develop the confidence they need to continue learning and growing. Remembering these 5 things will help you navigate through the beginners mindset and help your reader to have a better learning experience.
The 123Cryptos course is free and available for everyone. Start learning today!