Want to Pass the Illinois Real Estate Licensing Exam? Think Like a Child

Want to Pass the Illinois Real Estate Licensing Exam? Think Like a Child

In an article primarily addressed to real estate educators, experienced real estate instructor Carmel Streater, PhD., identified 6 key differences between child learners and adult learners.

  1. School is a child's job. For adults, classes are secondary to their real life.
  2. Children are forced to learn what someone chooses to teach them. Adults may be required to attend class, but they can't be forced to learn.
  3. If kids don't pay attention, they will be punished by parents or teachers.
  4. Child learners are supervised inside and outside the classroom. Real estate professionals are unsupervised at home and rarely supervised at work.
  5. Children feel a responsibility to learn. Adults may feel responsible for attending class, but they won't learn anything they don't think is relevant. The state can make them go, but they can't make them learn.
  6. Child educators are well trained in the art of education. Adult educators are often subject matter experts, very skilled in their area of expertise, but lacking the skills required to effectively teach what they know so well in the classroom.

The purpose of the article was to present the unique challenges faced by a real estate instructor when teaching required education and to help the instructor better communicate with the adult learner for learning to take place. 

I have participated attended, written, and presented training for instructors based on the unique characteristics of adult learners, well summarized in the 6 key differences presented in the article. I also strongly agree that as instructors we should have the skills to effectively transfer our knowledge to another. However, another thought crossed my mind as I read this article, particularly as it applies to the real estate profession.

Does not the person considering a career in real estate have some responsibility regarding the requirements of their career choice? Let's look at these key differences from a different perspective.

  1. Classes are secondary to real life. That might be true at the time of taking the class, but if the desired picture of real life is a real estate career, the class does become a part of real life and should be the focus that motivates the student to learn.
  2. The fact is, real estate licensees are forced to learn what someone chooses to teach them. Children deal with forced learning and seem to learn. 
  3. It's up to the adult learner to pay attention. While not punished by parents or teachers, the adult learner is disciplined by life and circumstances.
  4. The adult learner is supervised by himself always. So, who is responsible for his learning?
  5. If the adult learner "really" wants a real estate career, it's his responsibility to learn all that the career involves.
  6. Adult educators should be trained and are licensed, but if the adult learner is challenged in the learning process he should communicate with the instructor and ask questions as a child would.

 Want to pass the Illinois real estate licensing exam? Keep it simple and think like a child.

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