I started a new job where the first 7 weeks are training. I’ve never had a job with such formal training where we have our own computer lab and listen to the instructor talk. I’m beginning to get very stressed out and unhappy. Classes are 7 hours long with a 1 hour break, so we listen to lecture for at least 3.5 hours. This is too much for me. Every school I’m aware of has most classes 1 hour long and maximum 3. The instructor has been saying we’ve been behind since day 1 and has told us this is why he’s rushing. A possible reason we are behind is because some students in class ask a lot of (often tangential) questions. I find this puts the instructor in a bad mood and discourages me from asking questions as I don’t want to take more time.
We have several quizzes each day where the score is recorded, and now he’s started putting a time limit on the quizzes. The quizzes vary in the percent you needed to pass. Though this is a technical job, the instructor’s background is in sales and has a tendency not to answer questions straight. When someone asked what difference passing or failing a quiz makes, he gave an indirect answer and said “no one’s expecting you to get 100% on all the quizzes”. I heard the instructor mentioning in the elevator, this is supposed to be the easy part and we shouldn't be stressed out right now.
Also he has started randomly calling on people in class to answer questions, and I find this very stressful.
Things I’ve considered
- Asking the instructor to split one big break into several spread out. I spoke with another student and he said he didn’t think this was a good idea.
- Speaking to the instructor with my concerns. The thing about this is I never have a minute alone with him and he’s always in the classroom with 30 other students.
- Seeing if some of the material is accessible from home so I can study it there. Currently the expectation is we only study in class.
In general, is there anything I should know about going to class on the job vs. going to class at school? Why do some companies have mass training events like this and other's don't? Is it a way to save money by training 30 people at once and only taking time out of 1 person's schedule to do it?
TL;DR I’m finding training very stressful and not retaining much. My learning style does not go well with the instructors teaching style and training is 7 weeks.