When it comes to learning a new skill, there are always a number of different ways you can learn. This is also the case when it comes to learning new CAD software and tips and tricks for making your life easier whilst using it. In this guide we take a look at some of the more common methods for learning a new CAD system and outline the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Online tutorials are today a very common way of learning about new CAD software. There are a number of websites which offer tutorials including You Tube which features videos from both individuals and companies, paid for training sites and of course the developer who developed the CAD software you wish to learn. The main advantage of online tutorials for learning CAD is that it allows you to undertake the training at your own pace and whatever hour of day is convenient for you. This means that you can learn new skills around your other work and life commitments. However online tutorials also have some disadvantages too. The main one if that you aren’t able to establish a two way dialogue, therefore you are unable to ask specific questions about the skills you are learning.
Start-Guide or Other Book
Books are another common method for learning CAD skills. This can either be the start guide or other booklet that comes with the CAD software or from a book purchased or borrowed from the library. The main advantage of learning from a book is that the information is readily available, allowing you to skip between sections or chapters that you find relevant. Learning from a book also allows you to study at your own pace, fitting it into your life whenever you want.
Learn as You Go
Some people prefer to learn new CAD skills as they go instead of undertaking any specific or formal training, either online or via a book. This type of learning involves trial and error and although can be time consuming, is often more memorable than other training methods. The main advantage is that you learn only elements of the CAD software that you are going to use on a regular basis. However the main disadvantage is that your learning might not be as comprehensive of some of the other methods of learning.
Attend a Training Course
Another popular way to learn new CAD software skills is to attend a training course. These types of courses can usually be done through a certified provider. The main advantage of this type of course is that you are face to face with the person advising you, which allows you to interact with them and ask questions as required. The main disadvantage is that you have to schedule in diary time in order to attend the course are the course will typically be done in lengthy blocks.
The form of CAD training you choose will depend on the budget and time you have available as well as your most effective learning method.
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Article by Nathan Griffiths
Written by Nathan Griffiths who recommend http://articad.com/ for any CAD queries.