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Here are some key insights about how adults prefer to learn:
Fact #10: Adults want to know the value of the skills and knowledge being taught – the learning and performance objectives – and how they can be applied in the workplace.
Fact #9: Adults like using a variety and blend of learning styles (e.g., visual, kinesthetic, auditory, and tactical) and preferences (e.g., thinking versus acting, working alone versus working with others).
Fact #8: Adults prefer self-discovery, such as seeking questions, skill building, and discussions. Adults gain valuable insights from peer-to-peer coaching and support.
Fact #7: Adults' self-esteem is on the line when they enter the classroom; therefore, a safe and encouraging environment is a must.
Fact #6: Adults prefer learning that engages both the left side of the brain (i.e., logical, sequential) and the right side (i.e., creative, abstract).
Fact #5: Adults prefer to discuss their expectations for the training and to share in the responsibility of the learning's pace and outcomes.
Fact #4: Adults expect to receive one-on-one coaching, support, and guidance regarding key learning content along with opportunities for self-assessment.
Fact #3: Adults are problem oriented rather than subject oriented, and they prefer to work on applications that are specific and relevant to job-related issues. Adults also prefer that new learning be followed by a period of reflection to enable them to transfer and apply their new skills back at the workplace.
Fact #2: Adults' attention span for lecture, or "tell", is about 10 minutes; then, a change in pace or activity is needed.
Fact #1: Adults link their own work-life experiences to the learning points of the training. They link what's being taught to what they already know.