How to Teach Life Skills to Adults

Updated July 05, 2018

We all need life skills to live comfortably and be able to deal with life changes. Life skills help adults become independent people who can live on their own without constant help from others for their basic needs. Young adults need to learn life skills so they can move out of their parents' or guardians' homes and move into their own home. Adults need to learn life skills, especially when dealing with alcoholism, drug abuse or mental illness. These life skills should include coping with stress, empathy, problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, decision making, self awareness, relationship skills and creative thinking. Teach life skills to adults by following these suggestions.

Form a group. The students will enjoy interacting with you and the other students. Some great friendships can also form in these teachings. You will need to find a venue for your classes. Some good places to hold your classes could be your local library, local colleges, local high schools or adult education sites.

Get permission from the local schools, libraries and education centres to teach your life skills classes. Ask about times and dates. See where you can teach on a regular basis. Create your schedule on where and when you will be teaching life skills to adults.

Begin your life skills classes with a lively talk. Overview the life skills you will be going over for the class. You could also do a theme for each class, which would make things more interesting. The themes will work great if you are teaching classes on a regular basis in a certain venue.

Get everyone involved in what you are teaching them. For budgeting skills, pass out sample income and expenses sheets that the students could fill in on their own time. For cooking skills, pass out simple, inexpensive recipes. For communication skills, get people to introduce themselves properly to someone in the room. For coping with stress skills, pass out techniques and healthy activities that work. Passing out materials lets students feel more involved in the learning process. It also gives them something to think about later at home.

Bring in experts in teaching life skills to adults. This could be people who are experts in the martial arts, specific teachers in the area and those who work in human services. This will help to mix up your class so that you aren't the only one talking the whole time.

Keep people interested in your classes. Worksheets and guides help keep the class interesting. Have students share their own ideas and thoughts. Take questions from the students and have guest teachers bring in something from their own businesses and lives as examples to the students.


Always think of creative ways to keep your classes interesting.

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