Steps to Success for Adult Students
A major concern of adult students is finding time to attend classes and do homework. Fortunately, the keys to success in college are the same as the keys to success for most endeavors: plan ahead, prioritize, be determined, and ask for help when you need it.
Also keep your sense of humor! College will certainly be a stressful time, but it should also be fun.
Before you enroll in college, here are some ways to prepare in advance:
- Talk with your family about ways they can help you balance household, work, and school obligations.
- Consider the cross-benefits of college in terms of how you can plan school research assignments or other projects that will also satisfy your job duties in addition to enhancing your résumé.
- Make a plan for where and when you will study – identify a place where you will not be interrupted, and schedule blocks of time to devote to schoolwork.
- Attend an orientation session prior to the start of the semester. Some schools offer special sessions for non-traditional students, such as “Survival Skills 101” to help returning students with effective study habits, test-taking anxiety, stress management, organizational pointers, and other topics.
- Seek out support groups. Most colleges have organizations for adults/non-traditional students. Discussing your challenges with those in similar situations can provide you with the emotional support and specific tips that others have helpful in meeting their educational goals.