Adult learners are more consistent in their learning performance

It's not true that younger students learn better! In fact, older students are even more consistent than their younger peers

One of the concerns adult learners may have when going back to college is their ability to keep up with their younger classmates. It is no secret that people’s memory skills decline with age, not to mention an individuals study skills won’t be as sharp as they were when they graduated from high school. If students cannot remember where they put their keys, how will they be able to memorize key information before a major exam?

Consistency is key


However, adult learners may have nothing to fear, as the results of a recent study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany, revealed that older individuals tend to be more consistent performers than their younger counterparts.

The researchers arrived at this conclusion after observing how study participants between the ages of 20 and 31 and 65 and 80 performed on a variety of tasks. On a daily basis, the older individuals showed less variability regarding their performance on tasks. More fluctuations were present among younger participants.

“Further analyses indicate that the older adults’ higher consistency is due to learned strategies to solve the task, a constantly high motivation level, as well as a balanced daily routine and stable mood,” said Florian Schmiedek, one of the researchers.

If older individuals have their sights set on studying criminal justice, liberal arts or another subject in college, they can acquire essential knowledge regarding the collegiate experience through BacktoLearn.com’s Adult Education Guide.