What Helps You Learn?

There was a post recently asking how to train a junior DBA. What tasks do you give them, how to get them productive, etc. The responses were interesting, but I was struck by one note from a person that is a junior DBA. This person mentioned a few things that have helped them get better at their job, some of which I hadn’t thought about before.

Since I try to teach people about SQL Server in writing, in presentations, and longer formats, I decided this might make a good poll question. If you spend a few minutes thinking about how you’ve improved your skills at your job, let us know what works best for you.

What things can others do to help you learn more about your job?

Are there specific things that have actually worked better for you? Perhaps you prefer to learn alone, but even then, what works well for you that builds skills. Is there a format or style of presentation that reaches you?

I’m a big believer in multiple voices and multiple ways to teach people. This is one reason we sometimes have 2-3 articles on the same topic from different authors. Each will reach different people, and speak to them in different ways. I think the format (text, video, live, etc. ) also has some impact on what helps different people learn. Let us know today what works best for you.

Steve Jones

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One Response to What Helps You Learn?

  1. rsterbal says:

    I’m a huge fan of using a wiki for this purpose. The one I use at work is proprietary, but I have a couple online on unrelated topics.

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