I was a college student once, but I don’t think I would want to repeat the experience now as an adult. I’m learning so much at this point on a daily basis, I don’t think I’d learn as much in a classroom. But if a college degree is important to you, it doesn’t matter what age you are. You should go for it. Chat member TuxedoJericho recently did. He started back to college at the age of 31, and sent these tips to share with all of you.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions – If you don’t understand, don’t feel embarrassed to ask a question. The younger people in there, think that if no one ask questions, they can get out of class early. They love it when someone else ask the questions about things they don’t know, but they don’t want to do it themselves.
- Do not fall into the trap of the computer labs or rec rooms – Those two things can derail a youngster, fresh out of high school, quicker than a train. Just imagine if it were to happen to you.
- Professors love to help, when they can – If you know your professor is not teaching a class, go to them and ask for their help. They love to help, and love it more when students come to them. It shows you want to learn, and trust them enough to let them help you, even when you have free time.
- Don’t fret if you are the oldest person in your class – In high school, that was a mark of dishonor, but in college, the younger students admire their older counterparts for saying, “I’m doing it! I’m doing to get my degree!” They know it’s harder for the older folk to grab ideas, but when you show that you know the info, they admire you, and might even ask you for assistance at times.
- Don’t feel bad when an instructor is younger than you are – Just like students, they admire you for trying college, and trying to make a better life for yourself. If you show that you are attentive in class, they are going to be ready to help you if they know you need it.
- Bonus Tip! If you are in a computer class, and you have the excessive need to ask the people who are next to you for help, just don’t be annoying about it. If they are busy, don’t keep asking them. if you are polite and unannoying, they are more apt to help you. Also, if you are taking a Windows Server class, and you don’t know the fist thing about how to hook up a USB hard drive, you may be taking the wrong class.
So there you have it… some tips on how to help you settle into college as an older adult student. If you have the desire, you WILL succeed.
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