adult learners

Supporting the Success of Adult Learners

How do you engage the adult learners in your courses? What activities and strategies might work to enhance their learning in your classroom and their overall success in college? And, how can you enable them to see that what you’re covering is relevant to their academic, personal, and professional goals, as well as to their daily lives? If you teach the College Success course, or if you have a number of adult learners in your classes, you likely have these types of questions on your mind. In their recent webinar “Adult Student Success: How Does Awareness Correlate to Program Completion?” Read More…


Four Things Adult Learners Wish Their Instructors Knew

The adult learners in your courses have many of the same wants and needs as the “traditional” students: your insights and perspectives on the topics you cover, a solid understanding of the material they need to master in order to succeed, and, ultimately, good grades. However, because of their stage in life, adult learners do bring some unique wants and needs to the table. But what, exactly, might those be? In our recent Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked students twenty-five years and older: “what do you wish your instructors understood about your needs?” As we read through their responses, Read More…


Why Nontraditional Students Decided to Attend College

Nontraditional students’ motivations may be similar to those of students who matriculated right after high school, but you’ll also hear some markedly different stories.

Recently, we conducted our Student Engagement Insights survey, which shed light on the motivations, interests, and opinions of today’s students. Over 2,600 nontraditional students (25 years and older) responded. To learn more about what motivates them, we asked: Why did you choose to (re)enroll in college at this time?

Below, we’ve presented ten of the major themes that recurred in their answers. Some of these may seem quite natural or expected… and others might leave you inspired! Read, and consider some of the reasons why they’re motivated to attend your courses.

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Adult Learners: Ready for Success

For any number of reasons, many people decide to enroll in college once they’ve passed the “traditional” age range of 18-24. For some adult learners, it’s a return to finish what they started. Others go back to college in order to learn new skills, build upon their existing knowledge, or explore new fields of study. And for still others, it’s their first opportunity to attend.

As a part of Cengage Learning’s recent Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked college students over the age of 25 a series of questions related to their college experience. Today, we’re sharing some of their thoughts on their readiness and preparation for college. Read More…


Teaching Techniques that Motivate Adult Learners

As an instructor, you realize the importance of making the classroom experience meaningful for all students, and you strive to ensure that each one has the opportunity to feel and be successful as a result of taking your course. Therefore, as the term begins, you’re likely considering how you can create a learning environment that proves relevant to all who enter. As one example: many of the students you teach probably fall under the umbrella of the “traditional” student, who matriculated in college directly after high school. However, you’re also likely to find many adult learners, who have entered (or re-entered) Read More…


Impacts of High School Completion for Adult Learners

Career Online High School

See how libraries are transitioning from repositories and organizers of information to active learning institutions with a measurable impact on adult learners looking for an end-to-end high school completion program.

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