Most of the students at the post-secondary level will exhibit characteristics of “adult learners” and will differ in their motivation and learning styles from children and youth. For these reasons providing a learning environment that suits the learning needs of your students should be based on the particular learning styles of your students’ stage of educational development.
For example, generally, adult learners:
- Have a greater level of maturity and understanding;
- Bring a wealth of experience and prior knowledge to a learning situation;
- Are more likely to choose what they want to learn;
- Determine the extent to which they will engage in a learning experience based on what they feel is relevant and interesting to them.
Therefore, teaching adults should:
- Aim to take these factors into account
- Take advantage of the adult learners’ knowledge and experience
- Be relevant to what they want to learn 
 Lieb, S. (1991). Principles of adult learning. Available online: