6. Student Progress
In the previous module you considered the characteristics of the adult learner and how they impact you as a tutor and affect your adult student. Your student's life experiences and active interest in her own progress will aid you in customizing lessons to meet her goals. In learner-centered learning, it is important to use your student's goals and experiences to motivate her. You will also learn to help your student identify:
  • what she knows,
  • what she knows some of the time, and
  • what she does not know at all.
Because your student has most likely experienced years of frustration in school, she can assist you in identifying her reading strengths and gaps. This self-awareness is one of the many characteristics that set an adult student apart from a child. In this unit, you will learn how to strengthen your student's reading skills as you follow the principles of learner-centered learning.

9 comments:

Queen Of My Castle said...

I think it is key to encourage and praise the student. When you encourage a person the gaps don't seem so big!

tutorgirl said...

Building on life experiences and what the student already knows seem to be key differences in teaching adults as compared with children.

lillian said...

Adults who are seeking help are already motivated and need measurable progress.

neg said...

It is important to know what it is you don't know.

Kenneth Zen Bodhi said...

Its important to always provide constructive and meaningful feedback.

Wallace West said...

People know more than they think its just the lack of experience on a daily that make them feel in adequate in most cases.

Regina Cook said...

Agreed, self-awareness is imperative. I believe this dialogue at the onset between tutor and student enhances overall trust and establishes both credibility of the tutor and a more personalized foundation for learning to take root.

Pamela Lee said...

As a student realizes progress, their trust in you improves. They are usually very appreciative of all you do for them.

Their progress is not only a success for them, but also for the tutor. It is very rewarding.

MSTATEN said...

This chart is very helpful in listing key points of how teaching an adult and child are completely different though they may be on the same literacy level.