3 Helpful Tips for Adults Going Back to School

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3 Helpful Tips for Adults Going Back to School

3 Helpful Tips for Adults Going Back to School

Going back to school as an adult can be a great opportunity to further your career or create a much-needed change in your life. As this pandemic has brought many changes to our lives, it may inspire you to move in a new direction. It’s never too late to discover new passions and learn new things—and reinvent your life from where you are.

Last year, I wrote a recommendation letter for a yoga teacher who I had worked with on my retreats as she applied to schools. She’s in her fifties, and I admired her commitment at her age to learning and developing new skills. If you want to move in a new career direction—it’s never too late to be a student. In fact, I’d say we are all students for life.

But becoming a student once again can be a daunting prospect. You may have some inner opposition to the idea and might have to get over a few internal hurdles. It may be difficult to picture yourself in class with students a lot younger than you. You may say to yourself, “I can’t possibly fit classes and study sessions into my busy schedule, especially while balancing work and a family on top of it.” Plus, nobody wants to start taking tests again. Ugh! Fortunately, the excitement and opportunity of returning to school greatly outweigh the stress. If you think you might want to become a student again, make this experience the best it can be with these helpful tips for adults going back to school.

Go at Your Own Pace

Becoming a student again is a big adjustment. It’s okay to start off slow and only take one or two easy credits. Give yourself time to get back into the swing of attending classes, staying on top of assignments, and setting aside study time. As a non-traditional student, you have more flexibility to choose the classes you want and when you want to take them. This also gives you more space to adjust as you figure out how to balance coursework with the rest of your schedule.

Don’t Go It Alone

As with any big change in your life, you don’t have to face this alone. One of the best tips for adults going back to school is to create a support system to help you along the way. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and family members. Just like your first school experience, there will likely be times when your schedule is overwhelming or your assignments feel impossible. Your loved ones can help by lending a hand with assignments or simply giving you the time and space to focus. You can also find support within your classes. Reach out to your fellow students to start study groups or editing circles. Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors outside of class as well. The more support and encouragement you have, the more involved and successful you’ll be.

Get Back to the Basics

If you’ve fallen out of the habit of being a student, focusing on the fundamentals can help you relearn some of those essential college skills. Even if you never scheduled study sessions or focused that much on your readings, now is a good time to prioritize those habits. Create a student schedule to help you organize assignments and tests, keep up with your assigned readings, and learn how to take effective notes. By brushing up on these basic skills, you’ll be more equipped to tackle any course—no matter how long it’s been since you’ve attended classes.

No matter what your age or skills, the first step is always following your passion.

This is a great time to learn some new skills, take an online course and rediscover something you may have left behind to live the life you’ve lived. Reinvent your life from where you are now. Have a dream but do something about it! You’ll be well on your way to living your most vibrant life.

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