Making Education Easy No Matter The Skills, Time, Or Location

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No matter what kind of educator you are, there will always be struggles with getting the knowledge from the course and into your students’ heads where it will stick. With education no more accessible than ever and with a variety of free and paid courses available, you’ll find more and more adults looking to enhance their skills or learn new ones to keep up with the ever-evolving world.

 

But adult education is not as straightforward as educating kids, teens, and young adults. They have more responsibilities; they have busier lives; they have things to do that can often interfere with and disrupt their education. It’s not easy returning to school as an adult, so there must be a way to make it more comfortable.

 

For budding entrepreneurs looking to get the skills to start a business, they have already proven they are ambitious and full of great ideas. They might need a nudge to get over the finish line, and here’s how you can do that.

 

Encourage Collaboration

 

Collaboration is essential for all types of education, but for adults, it can ease the stress of stepping into a situation that they may not be comfortable with. It’s important to encourage your future entrepreneurs to get to know one another and develop proper relationships that will make their experience much more beneficial.

 

By building these relationships, they can start to work together to increase their knowledge and become better. They can share notes and help one another, which will foster a feeling of community. This sense of community won’t merely help them in the classroom, but also the next stage of their careers. The more proficient they are now, the more successful they will be in the future.

 

Embrace What Technology Can Do For You

 

It always seemed inevitable that technology would find its way into the classroom to make the experience more accessible for everybody involved. Smartboards allow you to glide through presentations with ease, while email and Skype calls can help you get in touch at any time.

 

One excellent way of embracing technology for the classroom is by creating a collaborative document that everyone can access at any time. This ensures that even if people are unable to attend the class, there is still a record of what was covered.

 

You can provide everyone with access to this document, and students can either share updating responsibilities or give everyone a dedicated page to write their notes.

 

Keep The Classes Small

 

Small classrooms are something that benefits all ages. The fewer bodies in the classroom, the more time you can dedicate to each person. You can have better discussions, and generally, small classes feel more casual, which relaxes everybody and get the creative juices flowing.

 

The class size allows you to get through the content faster and also makes it easy to arrange different groups for tasks and projects. However, it’s not always possible to have these small classes, so you can look into using modular classrooms to cope with demand, which can improve the experience for the students and allows everyone to be comfortable while learning.

 

Keep On Learning

 

There are no situations you will ever be in where you know it all, and just like students will always be learning, you should be, too. If you dedicate yourself to continue learning, you can be a more effective educator for your students and give them a better platform after they complete your course.

 

It will also inject them with a passion for learning more, too. If they see how you are always on the lookout to learn every day, their education will not be complete at the end of the course, and they will have the tools to go deeper than the primary content and dive into their new career.

 

While some may see their education as a chore early on, with the right attitude, they will come to view it as something that only brings benefits, and there is no more motivation they need than that.

 

Avoid Judgement

 

In our lives, we are quick to judge in all situations in both positive and negative scenarios, and even if you do your hardest to prevent judging students, there are still seeds that have the potential to sprout at any moment. Do everything you can to avoid this.

 

The great thing about business is that anyone can do it. It doesn’t matter if you’re born into affluence or needed to claw every day of your life. You will encounter many different backstories and situations, and you mustn’t let any preconceptions cloud your judgment about your students.

 

You need to treat everyone the same, but you should also make allowances regarding their situations. This sounds like a contradiction, but it is often the only way to get the most from your students and help them succeed.

 

Be Social 

 

Sociability is a massive part of making the class feel more like a family. While it’s important to encourage your students to work together and collaborate, there are also benefits for you to get involved.

 

The easiest way is to create Facebook and WhatsApp groups, which allows everyone to stay in touch with each other. It’s proven effective in other industries, including personal training groups and regular office projects. Your students can also use these platforms to create sub-groups to discuss any projects you assign them.

 

You should also think about how to connect with them outside of the classroom and do what you can to encourage social situations where there’s no shop talk but instead gives everyone the chance to get to know one another. From here, you can work out what makes students tick and perhaps alter your teaching method to benefit them better.

 

Education Can Still Be Easy

 

Education is supposed to challenge everybody, otherwise what is the point? However, this doesn’t mean it should be so challenging that it causes everyone, including you, to switch off. By making it easy for your students to access classes whenever, wherever, and provide them with fantastic support, you can ensure success for everybody involved regardless of the subject.

 

Lisa
Lisa Besserman, Founder and CEO of Startup Buenos Aires, has been named as Business Insider’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech”, and the 2014 “Business Innovator of Latin America” by the Council of the Americas.

Lisa moved to Buenos Aires from New York City to create Startup Buenos Aires, the organization that represents the startup, tech and entrepreneurial community of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Startup Buenos Aires has been one of the main catalysts for strengthening the tech ecosystem in Latin America, by bringing global startup initiatives, development projects and investment opportunities to the region.
Under Lisa’s leadership Startup Buenos Aires has been credited as “Top 3 Growing Startup Cities” by CNBC and “5 Emerging Global Tech Hubs” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

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