We’ve spent more than two decades of our life in a classroom, learning the basics of mathematics, science, language and the arts. Now we are mature, responsible adults. But somewhere along the way, something goes wrong. We get fired, we lose our job, and we aren’t able to provide for our family. What are we to do now?
Most if not all adult learners partake in adult courses seeking out new things to learn in order to cope with specific life changing events such as getting married, getting a job, being fired, or losing a loved one. They are attracted to new information that is usually related to the events in their personal life, and because they know they can use it in their own jobs or interests. (Zemke, 1984)
Considering these then makes becoming successful learners as easy as 1-2-3.
First thing you have to remember is that you are learning as a means to an end, not as the end itself. There is a finish line waiting for you at the end of the really long, sometimes strenuous road. Motivate yourself to learn new things.
A good source of motivation is active participation. Dialogue between student to teacher and student to peers is crucial in a good classroom environment, so make practical use of it. (Lieb, 1991)
My final tip in becoming a successful adult learner is to enjoy every second of it. Don’t stress yourself if you haven’t grasped the topic yet. Try again. We only spend more than two decades of our lives in a school classroom — we spend the rest in a much more competitive world— the classroom of life.
Life Changing Experience Death. To people it means many different things. Some people may not think anything of it, until it strikes close to them. I know before I had my father pass away, I never thought once about it. When I first heard of my dad dying, it made me way sad. I was ten or eleven, not old enough yet to understand, why someone would want to take their own life. I was crushed when it ...
Lieb, R. (1991).
“Principles of Adult Learning”. VISION. Retrieved on February 1, 2008 from http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/adults-2.htm
Zemke, R. and Zemke, S. (1984).
“30 Things we know for sure about Adult Learning”. Innovation Abstracts Vol. VI, No. 8. Retrieved on February 1, 2008 from http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/adults-3.htm