Lessons designed for a more mature type of pupil need to possess specific structural components to effectively address the fact that such audiences usually have more sophisticated expectations from learning sessions. They are more likely to demonstrate significant knowledge on the relevant topic. This article aims to explore some of the more common characteristics of teaching methods associated with educating older pupils.
Discussion and Analysis
The relevant learning session must provide for adequate discussion time between the tutor and their pupils. Mature students (provided they are sufficiently interested in the relevant subject) tend to benefit from a detailed analysis of the topic being taught. They could, potentially, demand opportunities to ask more complex questions. An effective educator must, thus, be prepared to incorporate such elements into their teaching style.
As explained previously, older learners are highly likely to exhibit a detailed understanding of the lesson subject, acquired either through previous academic commitments, or self-initiated and interests-oriented study. It is advisable that the educator in question, in preparation for dealing with a more knowledgeable audience, conducts thorough research on some less well-known yet interesting facts about the topic they are presenting on. Said research could include examining factsheets containing lists of amusing/intriguing historical facts and exploring contemporary publications on the study material.
Providing Adequate Study Resources
Mature pupils are generally expected to be more independent and self-motivated where their individual learning goals are concerned. They do not usually require much instruction or guidance from their tutor(s), and many of them are likely to have already devised their own, personalized study plan. Lessons that are too detailed and long-winded might not be suitable for this type of pupil. Educators should instead focus on presenting their students with reliable sources from which they can elicit further information, and which they can explore at their own convenience.