Learning is something that all of us face in our day-to-day lives. It is throughout household tasks, work, but most importantly, in education. Learning takes place all throughout the stages of our life including childhood, adolescence, and even adulthood. Adulthood is one of the final stages of learning. Finding ways that learning is enjoyable in adulthood is crucial in their life as a whole. Being that a lot of us struggled with motivation and wanting to be in school during adolescence, means that it’s time to make that change. Personally, being an adult, I wish that I would have put more effort into school when I was a teenager. However, because of that, it has come to the conclusion and realization that learning should be turned around. So, what makes learning enjoyable in adulthood? What makes it captivating and engaging?
A blog post that had been looked into titled “How to Make Learning Fun in Adults” written by Joseph Summers, shows detailed ways that learning can be enjoyable in adults from a teachers’ perspective. It’s nicely broken down into six methods that make learning engaging. It all starts with a little bit of humor integrated into the lesson. Lessons fused with laughter can be highly effective, even if the adults are severely lacking motivation. Not only is humor entertaining, but it has been seen to boost retention of concepts significantly. The utilization of technology can make adults more engaged. We live in a day in age where flashcards are a thing of the past and applications on a piece of technology can easily make learning both fun and convenient. Embarking on field trips and educational travel can lead to exciting experiences, personal growth, and inspiration. Exploring in new environments produces a rush of sensory stimuli. As awareness arises, the absorbing of new information becomes more rapid as a matter of survival. The challenge of using games makes things fun also. Games are not just for kids. As adults, the competitive spirit and gaming addiction still burns just as bright. Adults will be surprised at how quickly they will learn while having fun. Finding supportive communities both local and online can make individuals come together over common interests and goals. If the right community can be found, the adults involved will receive a powerful sense of motivation and a wealth of knowledge. There is a great social buzz as ideas are shared freely and collaborations blossom as everyone helps each other. Exploration is last but not least, important. If an adult is focusing too heavily on stringent learning approaches, it is going to burn them out and reduce motivation. Resources such as videos, documentaries, and even podcasts should be a facilitator in the curiosity guiding process. When the adults should free themselves to explore intuitively, knowledge will be accumulated in a more natural and meaningful way.
To conclude, learning is something that all of us face in our day-to-day lives. It is all around us and takes place in multiple stages of our lives including childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Personally, being an adult, I can honestly agree with these methods. I find these methods to be an enjoyable element to my own learning. These methods make learning feel much more natural and the way it should be. It shouldn’t be all one big lecture. That gets boring! As a matter of fact, a boring class makes you want to fall asleep. This quest of the enjoyability of learning has ironically been enjoyable. It’s interesting to learn the variety of methods and ways that make learning enjoyable, engaging, and captivating. With that being said, a new question can be brought to the table for future consideration. How might one channel hyperfocus into learning to better retain information? The answer is yet to be answered. Until then, long live the joy of learning! May learning be enjoyable to others as they embark on their own journey.