Life Long learning – a concept embraced by many Australian politicians and policy makers alike – for many years. More of us are embracing educational pursuits – both formal and informal. Education is becoming more the norm than not.
An estimated 1 in 5 Australian adults are undertaking formal education. That’s over three million of us true blue Aussies hitting the books – nearly 20% of people aged 15 -64 years.
Education is worth more than we thought in Australia. It is our third largest export. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the annual education exports in 2016-17 increased to $28 billion, a 19 per cent increase in value. To put this into perspective the value of education exports over the previous decade has generated an income of $195 billion.
Australians are talking about education, enrolling in education and exporting education. Education is big business. Lifelong learning is a thing.
Adult Learners are giving education a go. We have considered the course, the cost and the time commitment. There are a few other things to consider if the lifelong learner is the create an environment that will support success. It is essential to master these six points if you are to set yourself up for success.
Think about how well you’re communicating with the people who matter most to you –
Think about your mental state. Are you prepared to commit to this learning contract? Are you aware of the time and cost involved? How can this learning change your life? What rewards are you expecting from this effort?
How will learning change your social life? Will you give up some social time? Will you plan some social time? Will you feel comfortable to meet new people through your learning? If you are studying online, how will you manage a group chat or video call? Will you turn the camera on?
4. Share with ‘Study Buddies ‘
Get together with your study buddies. I am a strong believer in group learning – it is not cheating, it is learning by talking and sharing. Create a network or learners. Help them and they will help you. Learning is not a competition, it is collaboration.
5. Read more
Reading is also strongly associated with learning so get your reading list on track. What are you really interested in? Are you pursuing it? Do you read books, comics, websites, e-books, magazines etc. Find something new and read it.
6. Set clear goals and intentions
Get clear on what you want to achieve. Get clear on when you want to achieve it. Identify who can help you. Develop a picture of what life will look like when you have successfully completed your learning.
I am a lifelong learner. I like learning. I like learning so much that I teach.
I have taught formally and informally. I have taught in the classroom and in the workplace.
I have taught kindergarten to University level. I have taught 4-year olds to 70-year old’s. I have taught language to people who have had no experience with learning in the classroom and to people with Master’s Degree.
I have learnt that learners are all different, but similar. Some people are confident, and then some learn to become confident.
These tips have worked for me. This list is not extensive. It is merely the beginning of your new life. You are not alone though – the numbers are growing. More people are learning.