Education, particularly for enthusiastic learners, is a lifelong endeavour. It can be acquired in many forms through formal and non-formal education, research, and any self-directed learning or study method. In recent times, a vast majority of formal and non-formal learning enthusiasts are seniors.
This revelation is no surprise as the world is developing fast and requires having an updated knowledge base to keep up with information and relevant practice.
As such, more and more adults are yearning to get a more formal and non-formal education, learn advanced science, and enrol in adult literacy centres. Consequently, we now have many adult literacy centres, senior education programs, and other senior-oriented programmes in Nigeria.
These centres have a common goal of improving adult literacy, self-directed learning, impacting study skills, and teaching adult learners scientific methods and research development. At the helm of affairs of these national and private institutions are home teachers that specialize in formal and non-formal adult education and management.
These experts can assist many seniors in achieving their potentials when it comes to basic literacy and andragogy. Also, some of them are not only about science, data analysis, and any other research study, and they can also impact extracurricular skills like music and dancing.
As long as they are qualified and trained, home teachers can employ a wide range of effective teaching methods to drive home their points and achieve significant study progress.
For those who do not like group study or conventional learning centres, numerous private teachers can help willing students and adult learners achieve personal and educational development.
These teachers are aware of the problems and peculiarities of teaching adult learners, and as such, will tailor their curriculum and teaching methods towards the intended aim.
To this end, we intend to look at the peculiarities of teaching adults in Nigeria, the benefits, and a brief look at teaching seniors in a business place.
How to Join the Adult Education Tutor Bandwagon
Educating seniors is a special and peculiar area of specialization that is well recognized in most national education policy books and government documents. Becoming a freelance private tutor for adults has several requirements that involve patience, determination, doggedness, and creativity. In terms of creativity, you must be willing to adopt various teaching methods if you wish to have a long-lasting relationship with your students.
Teaching seniors is very different from handling kids. Your students are more mature and already have a purpose for coming to learn. Another essential requirement is to have basic knowledge of adult literacy and what it entails.
If you're new to adult education or andragogy in Nigeria, a good place to start is to harness the countless resources or materials on the internet. You can kick start your career by joining a site like www.superprof.ng where you can build a profile and start teaching various subjects, including science and research. However, you must have some essential academic qualifications in your chosen field.
Your prospective students are not novices, nor do they need to spend too much time learning basic terminologies. They are most likely coming to acquire advanced knowledge and expect that the tutor or educational facilitator is qualified to handle the job. Hence, experience also has a role to play in working in adult learning or literacy centres.
Also, a good educational facilitator for adults must always be up to date about the current happenings and development in their field of knowledge. For science enthusiasts, going through resources like science journal releases and research papers is a good place to start. Your students could ask you questions about their personal findings.
A very humble process or pathway to kick start a rewarding adult education teaching career and business is to offer private home lessons to willing students. Start by offering basic literacy in menial skills and progress to training adults in workplaces and firms. As long as you have the skills and experience to drive these tutorials, teaching adults will become easy and rewarding.
Besides, there's a place for passion in training adults. The job becomes effortless if you love what you do. As such, let the passion you have for teaching adults inspire and give you the motivation to offer your best at every lesson. Doing this will not only help you with enrollment retention for a long time, but it will also ensure that you get good reviews and referrals from people.
In recent times, we have had an exponential increase in the number of teachers teaching in government institutions entering the freelance niche.
The reasons are numerous, and topping the list is the ease of starting a freelance career or business as an adult education teacher compared to the setting up and management of conventional literacy centres or business places.
Peculiarities of Training Seniors and Kids
Learning has similar requirements for all learners, whether seniors or kids. However, there are subtle peculiarities when it comes to teaching these two categories of people in private. First and foremost is maturity. Seniors that enrol in andragogy programmes need less control and motivation during lessons when compared to kids. The reason is that they know how to behave themselves and are aware of the values and why they want to learn more.
Kids, on the other hand, need adequate monitoring, motivation and control. Both categories need a constant push in terms of motivation, but doing this for seniors requires less effort. Therefore, the method, materials and resources used to teach both groups of people differ.
Kids also need many introductory lessons and probably an interesting discussion before they can have a proper grasp of the subject matter at hand. On the other hand, seniors need fewer introductory sessions as they are already familiar with most terminologies in their chosen field.
In terms of inquisitiveness, seniors will most likely engage the teacher with thought-provoking questions, relevant discussion, and ideas. They are less likely to take the information and content you give them hook line and sinker.
As a tutor that specializes in andragogy, you must be ready for constant discussion and engagements. If it's a child, you should expect less complex ideas and queries as they take and practice what you give them. Reading research papers and scientific journal releases will help you stay ahead of some queries and problems as a science tutor.
Furthermore, maintaining a healthy student-tutor relationship is easier with kids than seniors. The reason is that teaching adults means training people that are most likely older than you.
As such, you will need to strike a good balance between earning their respect and not treating them like kids. In doing this, you must try to remain professional at all times and consider their peculiar behaviours.
In essence, there are similarities between teaching kids and seniors, but having a good grasp of the subtle differences can make a huge difference in enrollment retention and having a rewarding work experience.
Learn more about the differences between teaching adults and kids in our other article.
Benefits of Training Seniors
Being involved in basic literacy or working in literacy centres or business places for seniors comes with numerous benefits. Here are some of the advantages of tutoring adults:
Seniors are easier to train than kids. They are more focused since they want to acquire more knowledge and complete their chosen programme to increase their employability status or for other reasons. They also enrolled themselves without any external influence and know why they are in class.
They're more ready to accept your guidance and respect your presence. All these make them a receptive group of students to train. The tutor will also attain a quick sense of achievement since the students are willing to learn.
Seniors are easy to deal with and engage with. They are mature and will give you less worry during training. As an educational facilitator, you can also stick to a teaching method as long as the desired result is coming. Senior learners engaging in formal education or self-directed learning also give the tutor less worry of enrollment retention as long as they maintain a good relationship with the tutor.
Speed and passion
In Lagos state, Kano state, Abuja and other states in Nigeria where we have many adult literacy enthusiasts, teachers find that senior learners assimilate their course content faster than kids.
The reason for this is due to their advanced reasoning and passion for their formal education programme. In the long run, these traits will speed up the training process and provide rapid personal development.
Seniors are naturally inquisitive and, as such, are more likely to engage their teachers with thought-provoking ideas, constant discussion and findings. This quality will ensure that the tutor is up to date with relevant data and information to bring out the students' best.
Freedom for the tutor
If you teach seniors as a freelancer, you have the freedom of setting up your lessons at convenient times. You can also regulate your teaching method, frequency and take rest days as you wish.
You can create a flexible payment plan and set a realistic financial target for yourself as long as you maintain a sizable student pool. In essence, the freedom is endless when it comes to training adults, which is not limited to the teachers. Pupils can also create a flexible learning and reading schedule that fits in their daily plans.
Due to these benefits, we are experiencing an exponential increase in andragogy programme teachers in Kano state and other parts of the country.
Our Recommendation for Teaching Tutorials in Workplaces
The management of most firms is looking to boost their staff performance through setting up tutorials at their business places. As an educational facilitator at a workplace, you must ensure to carry all the staff along during the training and give them a purpose of continuing the lessons as well improving their employability.
You must also always be steps ahead of the people you are teaching as some of them see no need for extra lessons in their office. Always remember that your role as an educational facilitator in offices boosts the staff's skills and productivity. As such, having the necessary qualification and mastery of your field will go a long way in helping you achieve your aims.
You can see learn more about tutoring adults at business places in our article.
To sum it up, teaching adults in Nigeria as a freelancer is a very good business for every person interested in tutoring. Your career can be very rewarding if you apply effective teaching methods and use up to date materials and content.
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