Some often think that being an adult will limit our ability to learn a few things. This is not true, although some may consider this as an obstacle. Learning at a young age has its advantages. Eagerness plays a vital role in learning. If an adult is willing and determined to learn, then no one can stop him from learning. The same can be said for kids and young children.
Teachers that teach “older” students should talk to them about the approach that would make them comfortable. Since different people have different personalities, different approaches are necessary so that they would not be feeling negative about the learning process. Sometimes, trust and respect between teacher and student enhances the “will to learn” and develop a positive attitude when tackling new lessons. Motivation plays an important part as well, as long as the adult is motivated and enjoys the learning process then he will learn faster. Age is not considered a gap or an obstacle; it is all in the mind. There is no right or wrong, only belief in one’s capabilities can make the difference. Teachers should talk to their older students and assure them that they should be open when they want to ask a few questions or suggest teaching methods that might be more comfortable for them. If in doubt, teachers could ask other acquaintances the proper approach in dealing with adults when it comes to teaching.
There comes a time when after all that has been said and done, a student cannot learn anything from a teacher. Then, it is time to find another. It does not have anything to do with the term “competency”, sometimes there are relationships that do not seem to work and both sides are not at fault. It might be hard for some, but when the time to let go arrives, you have to let go. This is for the best, for both teacher and students alike.
It helps a lot to make things simpler, especially when teaching. If you could make the complicated things simpler, then learning them would be easier as well. If you can picture yourself as a student, you could also understand the right approach that you will need when you teach. The golden rule can be applied to make things easier for everyone.
Being flexible is always a good point. If you can adjust to anyone or in any situation then that would be for the best. It just shows how competent you are in handling various situations. Learning does not have to be hard when you are an adult (or older). Having the right mindset and the will to learn will see you through.