Returning to college to complete your degree is a major commitment. It can be both an exciting time and one filled with anxiety. Distance learning has increased access and options for adult learners seeking to meet their educational needs. In my experience as an adult student and instructor, I have identified four tips the adult learner should focus on for success. These tips can apply to both the traditional classroom and online learning environments.
6 Effective Strategies for Teaching Adults
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Adult enrollment in higher education grew by more than 50 percent between and , according to U. By understanding adult students , you can become a better educator or trainer. Here are six key teaching strategies for making lessons more applicable for adult learners. They have to understand how the skills they learn will improve their daily lives. If they believe a lesson will have a measurable impact, they will be far more likely to be engaged and internalize the lesson. How can this be achieved?
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High school and adult level education programs differ significantly. As a result, different types of skills and qualities are required to succeed as an adult student. The primary difference between high school and adult education programs aren't the programs themselves, it's the students. High school students don't typically have full-time jobs or families to support—adults do. Adult students must juggle the responsibilities of working, attending to family and other duties, while trying to complete their degree, certificate or diploma.
Teaching adults often looks very different from teaching children. Adult educators can make assumptions of their adult students that they would not make of children because adults have had vastly different life experiences and come with their own unique sets of background knowledge. Andragogy, or the practice of teaching adults, studies the best methods and approaches for effective adult education. Those teaching adults should understand and practice the five principles of andragogy espoused by Malcolm Knowles, a pioneer in the study of adult learning.