Going back to college as an adult may be a little intimidating. Especially when you’re sitting in a classroom with young adults that may be 20 or 30 years younger than you. But don’t fret, you can be a great asset to the class by using the knowledge you have gained from your life experiences. With that being said, adult learners make a great asset to class discussions. With their ideas stemming from a different point of view than the younger students, discussions become more interesting, and enlightening.
Another popular option for adult learners are online classes. Working from home, creating your own schedule, and having more free time for family, and your career, are just a few benefits of online classes. However, earning an online degree requires motivation and self-control. For a busy adult, this path is ideal, as long as time for studying, reading, and other class requirements are met on-time.
This may sound surprising, but online classes also provide students with social interaction, just like a traditional classroom does. With online discussion boards, group projects, and e-mail exchanges between other students and professors, online education will feel a lot like traditional education. Pod casts and live chats are also available for some online classes. This can help you with any questions you may have, and you can also get to know other students.
With the growing number of jobs requiring degrees, many adults are going to college to become more successful, and more intelligent. The amount of adult learners is on the rise and is continuing to grow. Remember, it is never too late to go back to school, no matter how busy you may be.
Finally, here are some tips for adult learners taking the leap into education:
- Motivation- get it, use it, follow it.
- New schedule- Make a new schedule, and learn to adapt to it. At first it may seem overwhelming adding to your already busy schedule, but like anything in life you will adjust with time.
- Multitasking- kids big game? Bring your work with you. How about relaxing in the tub with your textbook, or chilling at the beach with your laptop.
- Quiet study- head to a coffee shop with your laptop. You can join classmates and work together. Plus, you can get away from the house in order to focus more clearly.
Most importantly, you should look forward to your new education and experience. You can do it, and you will reap the benefits from all your hard work. Good luck on your venture into success, you’ll do great!