Today's technological age has made online learning convenient and desirable, giving people the ability to virtually attend universities and other educational institutes from anywhere in the world. If you're looking to learn something, the online route might be your first thought — but if it's CPR training that you're after, you should try to learn the skill in person. While there are some organizations that offer online CPR training, in person is the best way to pick up the skills that you may sometime need to use to save someone's life. Here are three reasons that in-person training is the best when CPR is concerned.
An Opportunity To Practice
When you attend an in-person CPR course, you'll actually get a chance for hands-on learning. Whether you're learning how to administer CPR or practicing carefully turning over someone's body so that you can access his or her chest to begin compressions, being able to practice with a partner and with the course's instructor is pivotal in helping you to understand the subject matter. You can watch a multitude of professional-caliber instructional videos about the above tasks, but being able to physically perform them will really help you to learn them.
A Chance To Hear Other Questions
The online learning environment is generally effective for getting your questions answered. If you're a student learning remotely, you can submit queries to your instructor, who should answer them for you. While you could make an argument that asking questions and getting answers can be clearer in person, you'll really benefit from others in your CPR class asking questions that you might not have considered. The Q-and-A period at the end of your CPR training will give you a chance to hear what other students are confused about, which will likely be illuminating to you, too.
Ability To Learn From Others' Mistakes
When you take online training, what you'll see is a polished product with clear tutorials. What you won't see, however, are people making mistakes. Mistakes can actually be valuable when you're taking CPR training. For example, in-person classes often involve students getting called to the front to demonstrate different techniques. Because everyone is learning, you'll likely see some poor approaches to the techniques — and the instructors' helpful corrections. This entire exchange may be useful to you because you may have attempted a technique in the same manner as a peer, but now you know not to.