One of the more difficult things that you can have happen to you as an older student is to have a teacher that is significantly younger than you. While this would seem like something that shouldn’t be such a big deal, some might feel as if there is something to be said to having a teacher that is close to the same age as you. Having someone teach you that comes from a similar background might seem more conducive to your learning, but this isn’t always the case.
Whenever you are being taught by someone, you want to keep in mind that the person teaching you is going to teach you the same regardless of how old you are. Teaching is all about keeping other people in mind, and realizing that different people learn in different ways, and that students bring in a different set of challenges. Age might be a challenge, but the challenge is one that a good teacher will meet head on.
Teachers might use different technology these days, but the teaching is still the same. You still have books, notes to take, and tests to take. Sure, the tests might be on-line at times, and the studying might be a little bit more high tech, but the teachers are going to be teaching just as hard. You might think that teachers might not have the same view on things like history, or perhaps there is an issue that you would like to raise with them.
I say go ahead, and a good teacher will be open to different suggestions. Whether it be a discussion on something that you have lived through that is being talked about, or maybe you don’t like the fact that the teacher might not focus on you a lot, bring it to the attention of the teacher. The teacher might be young, but that doesn’t mean the teacher doesn’t care.
The biggest things that I have seen out of younger teachers teaching older students is that they might not be aware of some of the challenges of being an adult student. Again, just always ask questions, and don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t know what Facebook is. The teacher learns what an older student might not know, and the student learns about what the current technology might be.
Relating to a teacher isn’t as hard as you might think. Older teachers can relate to younger students simply by trying to embrace the times that they are in. The same works with older students. Embrace the new teaching methods, and the technology of the day. Offer insight if you can, but just try to learn as much as you can about what education is today, and the methods a younger teacher might use.