7 Successful Study Tips For Adult Learners

Most adults are going back to colleges and universities to proceed with their studies either online or offline. Many of the adults are seeking their career related degree either for career advancement or preparation of a job promotion. If you have been working for sometimes, going back to college may not be an easy task to adapt to the new system of study and complete your study successfully.

As an adult, you need to adapt some important study habits so as to succeed in your adult education. For example, if you are an employed adult such as a branch manager of a particular company who goes back to college for studies, you may find it hard to allocate adequate time for your studies while continuing to manage your work and family lives effectively. Your level of management should not be an excuse for your failure as an adult learner.

The following are 7 successful study tips for adult learners who are looking for ways on how succeed on their adult education.

Ask for assistance

Regardless of your age, do not attempt to be a superman or woman. Let members of your family and friends assist you. You should also not be over proud to accept any assistance if it is offered to you or even ask for assistance if you need it. In education, there is no superiority and therefore if you have decided to go back for your studies as an adult, accept any kind of help. Ask questions from any individual who might help you solve the academic problem you might be having.

Time management

Many adult students have very busy lives as they try to juggle with their family, work and other obligations with the demands of studying. As an adult learner, it is important to have your study timetable. Always try and get a diary and schedules in your lecture classes. You should block out time for normal studies and record the dates for submitting your assignments. Do not postpone handing over your class assignments but make your studies your main priority. This calls for proper time management during your adult study. Ensure that everything you do is according to your time plan and success will be on your way.

Be responsible for your learning

When you decide to go back for your studies as an adult, you should know that learning is usually a two-way process. It will be the duty of your teachers to impart their knowledge to you but it will be upon you to ensure that you learn them. You are responsible for your studies as well as to ensure that understand the new information from your teachers well and process them effectively. By being responsible for your studies, you will make both your work and that of your teachers very easy. The teachers will not have to follow you up to ensure that you work according to the study plan. Unlike children, you need to be very responsible for your learning for it to be a success.

Be an active listener

An active listener does not necessarily mean a quiet person but it generally means to be very focused on listening. Therefore, to succeed as an adult learner, you need to be an active listener. Take important notes in class and ask any kind of question you may be having if you need any clarification. Do not assume things and leave class partially satisfied with what the teacher has delivered to you. Always be courageous to ask questions and you will make your adult education a success.

Take notes or create mind maps

During your lecture or class time, ensure that you take written notes on the vital topics. You would not remember all the things taught in class and therefore it is important that to record any information that you require. This will assist you greatly during your revision time and ensure that you recall easily what was taught in class.

Do not allow your fears destroy your opportunities.

In order to learn properly you must take risks and attempt new things. When you try new things, you usually make some mistakes and learn from those mistakes. Therefore, you should not be fearful when you make any kind of mistake as an adult learner. It is usually normal to make mistakes. Let the mistakes not destroy your aim of ensuring success at the end of your college tuition.

Find a comfortable study environment

If you are an individual who can be easily interrupted during study time, it is important to get a quiet place like a library. At the same time you should ensure that during your studies you switch off or turn your mobile phone to silent mode so that no incoming calls will interrupt your studies.

Finally if you follow the above 7 tips carefully, you will succeed as an adult learner and your adult education will not be hard as you may think.

How to Teach Critical Thinking to Faculty Who Teach Adult Learners

Good morning colleagues!

The goal of this article is to teach you the top 5 steps in how to teach critical and refractive thinking to adult learners at the college or university level.

1. CREDIBILITY: To teach adult learners, you have to have credibility. Adult learners are often skeptical. You must establish first and foremost, how you have earned the right to teach them. I typically post my introductory video that offers my credentials (undergrad, master’s, and Doctoral degrees). I then ensure I highlight my writing awards, my international best seller, my academic conference awards—external validation that I have earned the right to teach them.

2. TRUST: Before adult learners will follow you and be willing to learn from you, they need to trust you. How does one establish trust? Very carefully I’m afraid. When you move through the following steps, understand that you must always do what you said you will do; you must always be fair and consistent. You must treat everyone equally, to ensure equity, and to ensure that few if any exceptions to policy are made to avoid ‘some are more equal than others’. Follow up and Follow through.

3. RELEVANCY & CURRENCY: Adult learners, according to Knowles (1954), need to what’s in it for them. Why do they need what you are offering them? How is the topic relevant to their professional development and their promotional track in their career? One cannot offer old or outdated information. Students want to apply what you are teaching them immediately to their jobs, professional worlds, or perhaps volunteer and community worlds.

4. INNOVATION: Teach with emerging technologies. The 2014 student will not settle for old technology. No overhead projectors, no chalkboards, no outdated technology. Instead, students are expecting to be taught using emerging technologies. Do you use videos? Blogs? Vlogs? Animation? Social Media? Twitter? Facebook? Linked IN? In other words, are you using what’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening in the world of technology?

5. FUN: Adult learners are often fearful. They have been around the block a time or two. They have been embarrassed and humiliated publicly by bosses, supervisors, executives, trainers, teachers, mentors, and many have shut down. They may follow, but they may not lead. They will not risk failing in front of their peers or in front of you as they remember what they felt like. They want you to tell them what to do, and they will follow. Instead, we have to teach them self-confidence, belief in themselves, we must teach to bring back curiosity. The path to this goal is through fun. I start many of my classes with brain teasers, funny games, and auditory stories to solve. My goals are three fold. (1) I first get their attention of how much they lack in problem and critical thinking skills; (2) I help them connect with their inner child as they giggle and play through the problems, and (3) I show them how having fun can lessen their fear, release their aversion to risk, and learn to take chances to be curious about finding the right answer.

Using this five tips will change the relationship with your students toward more productive and effective learning results. Much continued success to you and your students!