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Learning Support for Mature Students

Learning Support for Mature Students

April 2006 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'It is an engaging text, which could be of value to a wide audience. I would have no hesitation in recommending this book to my own mature students who were interested in understanding their learning more fully, or indeed to my colleagues teaching mature students' - ESCalate

This is an inspirational and highly practical book for students returning to study. Liz Hoult provides an easy-to-read and reassuring guide to learning.

Why is it that some people are able to do what seems so enormously difficult and possibly illogical and to succeed so spectacularly? What is it that these learners are able to do that others find so difficult? Learning Support: A Guide for Mature Students explores how adults learn and the ways in which different abilities and experiences can be used to learn more effectively. The book is written from a teacher's viewpoint and is based on the author's experiences during a long career of working with adult students.

Key features of this text include:

- nine chapters each dealing with a different aspect of learning

- models and concepts of learning developed and adapted from a range of sources from the disciplines of education and psychology

- notes at the end of each chapter including inspiration and suggestions for taking your understanding of the issues further

- suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter

- individual self-assessment exercises to help you gain a detailed understanding of your own particular strengths and weaknesses as well as your own motivation for starting and staying the course

Learning Support: A Guide for Mature Students distils the talents, skills and perceptions that lead to success and to make them available to the general adult learning population at all levels - for people taking in evening classes at municipal adult education centres, returning to further education or embarking on higher education for the first time. This book is for you if you want to find out how to get the best out of studying, learn the secrets of successful learners and find out how to succeed.

Why Are You Doing This?
Intelligence and Ability
How Do You Learn Most Effectively?
Confidence and Personality
The Physical Dimension to Learning
How Did You Get Here?
What Sort of Student Are You?
Putting Effective Learning into Practice
Staying the Course: The Resilient Learner in Action

Recommended for our library stock

Mrs Jane Booth
Teacher Trainer, Bromley College of FE & HE
June 24, 2015

Returning to study can be daunting, especially when having to inevitably juggle a range demands on time, energy and focus. However, this book helps to demystify what it means to be an adult learner, learning in an adult world. The book is very helpful designed to have a highly personalised approach. This has allowed for the content to provide clear and positive messages. Overall the key message is that adult learning is not only achievable, it can be life changing

Mrs Sally Goldspink
Mental Health & Learning(Capital Park), Anglia Ruskin University
May 23, 2012

This is a spendid book and one I wish I had come across sooner.
There are real gems of advice in here alongside a lot of common sense.
Very useful, not just for mature students, but for leaders of courses with mature students to try and help address retention issues especially the higher drop-out rates, for some courses, by mature students.

Dr Sue Howarth
Institute of Education, Worcester University
February 3, 2012

An excellent book! I will be recomending this to all mature students at the start of courses.

Mrs Suzanne Sinclair
School of Education and Professional Studies, University Centre at Blackburn College
January 26, 2012

Really useful points discussed in this text, for those embarking on self reflection it would be useful to refer to in order to be able to support continued progression.

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
June 3, 2011

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ISBN: 9781412902953