Regardless of your career field, continuing your education is vital to keeping up with the latest trends, methods, and even licensure. If it’s been a while since you were in school, say 10 or more years, things may be a little different. Here are 6 ways to get the most out of your schooling as an adult learner.
1. Successful Qualities
Adult learners ought to have a firm grasp of what it takes to be successful. Some of the qualities that Education Corner suggests will lead to success are dedication, determination, the ability to prioritize, self-belief, and perseverance. Chances are, if you’re looking into continuing your education, you possess at least one of these qualities. You’re on the right track to success!
2. Do it … Today!
Procrastination can be your biggest enemy when it comes to schooling. It is so easy to put off studying and completing assignments until you “feel like it,” but the most successful adult learners plan their study times and stick to it. Online classes might be tempting because you are allowed to work at your own pace, but do not mistake them for being easy. It is imperative to plan your time and manage your time well. Set aside a couple hours each day to dedicate to your studies. Get assignments done early. Procrastination will put you off-course and do you no good, so do you work today!
To be successful in learning, you must be determined to succeed. This includes being able to focus during your scheduled study times. Turn off the TV, silence your cell phone, and put a movie on for the kids. This is your time to study and get ahead of the competition. You may have to miss out on a couple nights out with the girls, but it will all be worth it in the end.
4. Set Goals
Do you have goals that are specific and measurable? Write down your goals and give yourself a deadline! Tell your friends what you want to achieve. Making your goals known will push you in the right direction to achieve them. You’re clearly in school for a reason, right? If your goal is to earn an additional beauty certificate, write the steps it will take to attain the certification and take action! According to The CAGS Blog, adult learners have the edge when it comes to goal setting, because often times younger learners go to school simply because it is the next course of action after high school. Set goals and take action!
5. Financially Sound
Before you jump into your schooling, make sure you have your financial situation squared away. Will you pay for your classes up front or do they offer payments? Can you apply for scholarships or financial aid? Now that you’re in your 30’s, 40’s, or even beyond, mom and dad are most likely not funding you schooling like some of your classmates. Having finances determined prior to starting classes will take a great deal of pressure off your shoulders.
6. Ask for Help
Often times, adult learners are very self-directed and independent. An adult learner may depend less upon the instructor for guidance. That being said, if you need a topic to be clarified, do not hesitate to ask. If you have a question, chances are very good that someone else has the same question.
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