One Good Thing That Hurts Student Retention in Adult Education

You can always improve learner retention in adult education. But you can't do it without the right strategies― or systems. 

Let me guess. You are reading this because you are curious to know what good thing I am referring to. Right?  There you have it: Goal setting!

Having attendance and learning goals might set specific attendance hours and achievement targets for your learners...but there's one major problem. What is it?

Goals alone won't lead to better attendance and learning. In fact, learners feel ashamed  and embarrassed when they can't meet the set goals. The outcome? They stop coming to class when the feeling of failure is too much for them to bear.  

Now, you may wonder, " What I can do in this situation?" This is a smart question! Let me share a quick insight with you. 

Use goals plus systems to improve learner retention in adult education 

To be successful your learners should learn to set goals and create systems that will help them reach the goals. Why? 

Reaching a goal is a one time event. Using a system is building habits that last. In other words, your students will be better off if they learn to build effective and efficient systems that help them attend classes and study regularly, manage their time, practice skills, fail well, learn fast and get things done quickly. 

See, a player’s success is almost always guaranteed under Coach Bill Belichick, head coach of The New England Patriots. He is known for his ability to transform average NFL players into Super Bowl champs. How? Season after season, he uses a system that almost always works.  

The question is: do you have a system that equips and empowers learners to build their own systems? Well, this is one of the best ways to improve learner retention in adult education. 

What else do you do to improve learner retention in adult education? Share in the comment below. 

Please do me a favor. Share these ideas with adult-ed professionals in your network. And go change your learners for the better!

PS: Have you heard about my student retention book? Don’t be left out. Feel free to check it out on Amazon.
The coach

Teddy Edouard is a Learning Consultant & an Instructional Coach with a passion for Teaching, Learning, and Cognitive Science. He is on a mission to help institutions, teachers, and training professionals maximize the effectiveness of their instructional and non-instructional interventions. Teddy translates adult learning theories and other research into ready-to-use classroom teaching tips and strategies for the benefits of adult learners and instructors.

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