Case studies are powerful and effective training tools. They also work best with practical, applied training, so make sure you use them appropriately. Case studies are a great way to improve a learning experience, because they get the learner involved, and encourage immediate use of newly acquired skills. They differ from lectures or assigned readings, because they require participation and deliberate application of a broad range of skills. When you have an opportunity to apply your knowledge, the lesson typically becomes much more real. They provide learners with an opportunity to solve a problem by applying what they know.