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Note: This short chapter does not attempt to give all the information needed to run a Cramming Section, but gives enough data to make students and practitioners (here called clients) aware of how it works and how to use it.

Cramming
Cramming is a service independent of the course. It specializes in trouble-shooting and bringing students and practitioners (here called clients) up to speed. Clients who have difficulties in applying something in practice are interviewed and given a tailor-made study assignment. It is used when the client has made the same mistake repeatedly. The service is also used as an on-the-job-training. A Cramming usually takes a few hours to complete, not days.

Cramming Order
The client is sent to Cramming with a Cramming Order. This is a general observation much as the "Observation" column of a Pink Sheet. It's a short statement of the client's repeated difficulty and a suggestion to what needs to be handled. The Cramming Order is written by a person in charge of the client's performance, such as a course supervisor, a senior, or an auditor's case supervisor.

Cramming Officer doing a 
metered interview to 
   pinpoint the exact difficulty   
of the client. 

Cramming Interview
The Cramming Action starts with an interview. This is done with the client on the Meter. The client's difficulties in applying the materials are pinpointed by the interviewer. The person doing the interview is called the Cramming Officer.

Cramming Assignment
Based on the interview the Cramming Officer writes a Cramming Order. It does not have to follow the suggestion the client brought with him, but it of course addresses the problem pointed out. The Cramming Assignment  is much like the "Assignment" column on a Pink Sheet. But it is based on the interview and the special training the Cramming Officer has in pinpointing the underlying reason to the difficulty.

Doing the Assignment
The client now does the assignment he was given. This always includes Word Clearing and usually drilling. The Cramming Officer may write up what exactly to drill. The drill need not be a published drill, but it is done per coaching instructions. A student will usually do the assignment in the course room with another student, when possible.

 

Coach Client

Drilling and Word 
Clearing are important 
parts of any 
   Cramming Assignment.   


Completing the Assignment
When the cramming assignment is completed the client attests the difficulty is handled. He then goes back to course or to do auditing or to practice his trade.

The real difference between a Pink Sheet and a Cramming Assignment is, that the Cramming Assignment is based on the interview and the trouble-shooting. Cramming is only done with clients if a Pink Sheet didn't handle the difficulty. It's assumed it is time to dig deeper, using a Meter.

Retread 
If repeated Cramming Orders don't seem to handle a client's difficulty he can be given a retread. The procedure is the same, but the client is given a longer study assignment that covers possible areas of his difficulties. It has to cover more than the obvious points since those points were already covered in the previous Cramming Actions. A retread can take from one to several days to complete.

Retraining
Retraining doesn't need to happen very often. But it needs to be explained. Retraining means that the client is sent to a Cramming Interview where his problems with applying the materials are pinpointed. Then he gets straightened out on exactly what was missed. That done, he goes back to course and does the entire course again. No shortcuts are allowed on retraining; no jumping around on the checksheet. It is assumed that a student who has failed to apply one aspect of the course had misunderstoods that would have prevented him from fully understanding the other materials on previous study.
This is usually only used after repeated retreads don't seem to remedy the situation or on a voluntary basis.

Rusty Practitioners
A practitioner who hasn't practiced for a long time can be brought up to speed by a retread or retraining program. In such a case it is a voluntary action, but he is still given a Cramming Interview to receive a realistic study program.

On-the-Job-Training
Cramming is used as on-the-job-training. By spotting the client's difficulties in applying the materials in real situations he is step-by-step been made into a real professional. It is used this way on experienced practitioners as well. It is an important part of keeping the technology working.

 


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