|Tips for Teaching Adults|
- Adults learn best when they understand why something is important to know or do.
- Tell them to write in one sentence what they want to learn and tell their table group what they wrote.
- Pair them up to tell each other three facts they already know about the topic.
- Get them to read the list of learning objectives and select the most important to them, then allow them tell their table group why they made the selection.
- Adults learn best when they have the freedom to learn in their own way.
- There are three general learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic.
- To know which student has which learning style, use style assessments online.
- Incorporate the specific learning style techniques into the class.
- Use images to teach content. Visual learners tend to be the most common.
- Get them connected to the content with their existing knowledge and learning goals.
- Adults learn best when learning is experiential.
- “All learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” ~ Albert Einstein.
- Engage everybody in the class, and don’t leave the quieter ones out.
- Give every individual a chance to speak and practice their new skills.
- Get them to write notes with pen and paper. Adults remember what they write better than what they read or what the instructor writes.
- Make them actively review content or actively practice skills at least six times and in six different ways. Practice makes
- Pair them up and take turns to explain concepts or demonstrate skills they have learned during the class.
- Think of games and ideas that get everyone involved and make the class fun.
- Adults learn best when the process is positive and encouraging.
- Give words of encourage, so they do not feel intimidated learning a strange new topic.
- Give your older students more time to respond to your question, as the may take a little longer.
- Smile and show a happy, pleasant face to get the whole class relaxed.
- Activities keep people energised, especially activities that involve getting up and moving about.
- Get them connected to other fellow learners in the class.
- Encourage them to ask questions. Say: “Does anyone have any questions?”
- Answer any questions that may arise during a lesson, rather than wait until later. Otherwise you may lose their interest.
- If the class veer off on the different path, remember to bring them back on the topic.
- Teaching adults is not the same as teaching children.
- Keep the topics of the class relevant to the age group.
- Talk about topics that are inter-generational to narrow the generation gap.
- Let students share their life experiences whenever appropriate.
- Have an interest in your own subject. Be passionate. Adult learners can detect it and reflect it.
- Adults learn best when the time is right for them to learn.
- “When the student is ready, the teacher appears” ~ Buddhist proverb.
- Develop the kind of teaching that changes lives.
- Inspire confidence and passion in another human being.
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