Recovering The SelfA Journal of Hope and Healing


Learning as a Personal Experience for Young Adults!

by Steve Sonntag

Learning can be both a wonderful and challenging experience for students. It is wonderful when students can become inspired and motivated. This is what can be called the “positive snowball experience”. There is excitement that results in that much more learning due to being receptive to learning. Once it starts and when students are involved in it due to the teachers and the information being learned, it truly is fabulous! Some side benefits can be there will be less discipline issues in the classroom and thus more learning.young adult learningLearning can be a challenging, overpowering experience when the students become confused by the information being learned, and this is why it is important to address this issue in order to learn what the options are.

To possibly avoid learning as being a challenge and from being overpowering, parents need to consider all of the following possibilities.

First, parents need to listen to their young adults to not only the words being expressed, but also the feelings being expressed. Then, parents need to validate their young adults’ concerns. It is by doing so, that they will feel they are being heard.

Next, if parents are able to help their young adults with the information, parents need to patiently and tactfully present the information slowly but surely. They should ask questions. They should praise them as well. When and if there are setbacks in learning the information, it is then when parents need to be as encouraging as possible and to review what was not learned in another way.

If the parents are unable to help them due to not knowing the information, if there are websites and/or apps that can be helpful, it is best to use these resources with them so that they have a better understanding. Incidentally, textbook companies oftentimes will provide online the material, videos, and exercises.

If the material is too challenging for the young adults and if the above suggestions don’t work well for them, the following suggestions need to be considered.

First, young adults should work with other students. Even though they may tend to goof off to a certain extent, they know their purpose is to help one another with the studied material to the best of their abilities. If they tend to goof off too much or if they do not learn much, it is then best to seek another study group of students for hopefully better learning.

Secondly, if the above method does not work, it is then best for the students to ask for help from their teachers. Granted, some teachers may suggest to read the information again, although a majority of teachers will make arrangements with their students to give individual help at mutually agreeable times.

Lastly, if students are in high school and if they have tried all of the above methods to the best of their ability and still are unable to master the information, it is then best for them to discuss the situation with their counselors. Of course, if it is a required class, they may just have to stay in the class and to develop better study skills, such as using online resources and any other approach that the teachers have already suggested. Otherwise, students and counselors need to discuss different options for them to transfer into another class at the most appropriate time.

About the Author

Steve Sonntag’s positive philosophy helped him during his teaching years and he has since published five educational books, one social sci-fi ebook, a variety of poems, and short fiction. He believes that people deserve the right to be heard and to be treated humanely.

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