Tips for Going Back to School as an Adult

One of the hardest things about going back to school as an adult learner is not knowing where to start, especially if you are new to the country. Many of the students that come into meet with their Admission Advisors tell us they simply did not know where or how to find information to all the questions they had!

Questions like –
“Should I go to a college or university?
“What program should I take?”
“Will I be able to handle going to school full time?”
“How will I pay for school?”
“What options do I have if I want to continue working?”

Investing in education is one of the most significant investments you will make in your lifetime. Not only because of the money you will have to spend but also in what your diploma or degree can do for your life. So how can you manage this major transition in your life while juggling your day-to-day responsibilities? How can you juggle the demands of being a student with the demands of a day job and a family?

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your time in college:

Get in touch and do your research

Contact the admissions department of the college and set up an appointment with a Student Admissions Advisor. They will be able to help you review the requirements of the various programs.

Time Management is Key 

School takes a significant amount of time. Use apps on your phone to help keep you on track and hold you accountable. Learn to maximize your time by multitasking and balance your time between your studies, work and family.

Ask yourself why you are going back to school… and never forget it 

You will encounter many hurdles while completing your program. Every time you feel like quitting, think of the reason why you pursued this path in the first place. On your first day of classes, write down your motivation for going to school on a piece of paper and take a picture of it. Keep it on your phone or somewhere easy to access so that you can have a constant reminder.

Organize a Study Space 

Create a space where you can study undisturbed. While it is useful to keep the space free of clutter, a decorated workspace can help you stay motivated during those long study sessions. From personal pictures to desktop images with inspirational quotes – these little reminders can provide a little boost when you need it most. Avoid using the dining room table or other multi-use spaces if possible.
Build a Support Team Whether it is in the classroom or in your home, having supportive people around you will make a difference. Study with your fellow classmates outside of class or recruiting your family members to help you stay focused can help you stay on track and accountable.

Ask for Help 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you ever find yourself in need. Be aware of all the resources available to you both inside and outside of the classroom.

Remember, there are people around you who want to see you succeed!  If you are thinking about going back to school this Fall, don't try to figure everything out on your own. Get in touch with one of our Student Admissions Advisor - schedule a meeting so you can go over all your needs and questions with someone who can help!