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.