If it has been a few years since you last attended a college course, you may feel out of practice. Before too long, attending college will feel like a normal part of your routine in no time. To make the transition easier, explore these six tips for going back to school as an adult student.
As an adult student, your time is valuable. You won’t always have large blocks of time to dedicate to your school work. Keep your textbooks and notes easily accessible and review them whenever you have a spare minute. You might want to look things over while you are waiting in line at the grocery store, at the doctor’s office, on your lunch break, watching your kid’s soccer practice, or while you’re waiting for that always-late friend to show up for happy hour. With so many of our classes digital, it’s easier than ever to review your notes at any moment.
You probably already have a routine, but now you’re adding one more item to your to-do list. Fit your class schedule and your study time into your daily routine and make your coursework a priority. If you have a routine, you’ll also feel less stressed, and it will be easier to get your whole family on board.
Your kids, work, and spouse will all demand your attention throughout the day, but when you’re studying, it’s best to do so without distractions. Try to designate a study area where you won’t be distracted, but that won’t always be possible and people won’t always respect your space. If you can’t designate a space, try to leave your home and go to a coffee shop or consider using headphones and music to block out noise and distractions.
Everyone needs a support system and adult students are no exception. Even when you’re taking college courses online, you can still build a relationship with your peers. Your classmates will be in the same situation as you and can relate to your daily struggle of balancing life and school.
Everyone needs to unplug, but an adult student with limited time really needs to unplug. Think about how often you log into your computer and head to facebook or click on that Instagram app icon on your phone. The minutes spent on these sites can really add up over time. You could be spending that time studying or reading course material.
Modern technology does make our life easier. You’re probably even using that technology to do a lot of your coursework. Check out apps like Remember the Milk and myHomework to sync your to-do lists across all of your devices.