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Our Teaching Principles

When teaching adults we encourage tutors to follow the sound principles of adult learning theory. These are:

  • Establish a relaxed atmosphere through respect, enthusiasm, instilling confidence and a sense of humour.
  • Plan activities that are linked to your student's needs, goals and level of skill.
  • Use your student's own experience and interests as a focus for lessons.
  • Provide lots of opportunity for your student to practice the new skill before moving on to something else.
  • Involve your student in planning ongoing lessons and ask for feedback to be sure that your student's needs are being met.
  • Teach to your student's 'point of need' e.g. teach spelling as the words arise in your student's writing. Don't teach random lists of words as was done in school.
  • Teach what is immediately relevant to your student. Adults remember best when they learn things that are immediately useful to them.