“It’s important to have a consistent schedule that your family gets used to,” he says. “You can come home and have a family dinner together, go out and play with the kids. Then they go off to do their homework and you go off to do yours.”
Saunders also coped by coming up with creative ways to study. This included recording his lecture notes onto cassettes tapes so that he could listen to them as he commuted to and from work each day.
But you’ll be a better student.
But what older students lack in free time they tend to make up for with an established work ethic and a focus that younger students have yet to refine.
“Adults students are the best students,” Doolin, who is also a professor at Monroe Community College, says. “They’re going back to school for a reason and generally know how to stay motivated.”
He adds that he has seen the performance and behavior bar go up in many of his classes that have an adult student on the roster.
“They become examples for the other students,” he says. “You really are going to be a hero in that classroom and it’s not going to take very long.”
Technology has taken over.
That being said, adults who don’t consider themselves particularly tech-savvy should get someone who is to give them a crash course on using the Internet.
“I was surprised by how much the university functioned online,” Petrosky says. “You cannot be a Luddite if you’re going back to school.”
For instance, adult students should expect to see others using laptops, tablets or smartphones in class, they should also expect teachers to use overhead projectors, PowerPoint presentations and other digital methods of learning in lectures, and know that most schools have students register for classes, receive class syllabi and view grades on the school’s web portal.