When we hear tutoring, the first thing that comes into our mind would be children and tutors. Contrary to what we commonly know, adults would also undergo tutoring of their own. it could be to improve their English language skills, literacy and writing skills, or about improving knowledge in general subject areas like mathematics and science.
Common thinking is that teaching adults is much easier than teaching children. Unfortunately, it is not how it is. Yes, children could be out of hand sometimes, but it could be more difficult to get the attention of adults.
When tutoring adults, there are some basic things that you should know to be able to provide better and effective supplemental education. First, try to connect the lessons to personal or life experiences. Adults have more experience and you can bring learning closer to them by associating it with their experiences.
Just don’t get too involved with their personal issues. There would be times when adults would tend to discuss their unresolved personal issues too much. Just take in mind, that you are a tutor not a trained counsellor. For personal issues and problems you could refer them to professional counsellors which you can ask about from people staff members of the tutoring institution.
If you are tutoring adults in a tutoring center, then encourage them to participate in the class. Aside from that encourage to actively participate and get involved in preparing for the class, like methods of feeding information to students.
Aside from being participative in classes, adults can be very vocal of their opinions. So be conscious of that, solicit their feedbacks. They would be happy to offer advices and suggestions. Aside from getting feedback, acknowledge their developments too. Everybody would like to get hear something about their development and improvement.