Going Back to School as an Adult: Secrets to Success

Girl holding booksThe best gift you will ever give yourself is the permission to go back to school.  If you have been out of the classroom for a while, you may be a bit anxious.  Read these tips on going back to school as an adult, and you’ll see that there is no reason that fret. and that being an adult learner is entirely possible.

Start Slow
Don’t try to take on more than you can handle. Start by taking one or two classes and see how you handle the workload.  By dipping your toe in the water, you can determine a plan of action for when you decide to take on more courses.

Have a Support System
Let your friends and family know that you are going to be taking on more work than usual.  Friends, family, and coworkers can give advice and help you plan your schedule.  They also offer great moral, support and encouragement.

Manage your Time
Juggling a job, family and school can be tricky. You’ll need to learn how to delegate and prioritize. Calendars can help you stay organized, but to keep from becoming too stressed, you absolutely need to learn how to say no.  Time is a precious resource that you will never be able to get more of. There will be times when you have to decline Aunt Sally’s dinner invitation in order to finish your essay.

Study Something that You are Passionate About
Going back to school as an adult requires a major commitment. If you want to be successful, you must be passionate about what you do. Passion will carry you through the days when the stress and obstacles seem insurmountable.

Going back to school as an adult can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Remember to enjoy the experience because not everyone gets to go back to school!  Browse our catalog of courses that are perfect for the adult going back to school.

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