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Successful study strategies for non-traditional adult learners
Proven time management skills are critical for an adult learner who is also juggling a family, a job and outside activities.
Remember that adult learners have an advantage of building on prior knowledge and life experiences when difficult material is presented.
Your first classes should include interesting entry-level courses in your major.
Find other adult learners on campus and create a support network of similar students.
When beginning the semester, set realistic goals for home and family. Don't try to keep to your old routine while adding the pressure of classes and studying.
Set your study schedule for the quiet hours when the children are sleeping or in school or use the library on campus.
Make time in your schedule for family activities and routines.
Use commuting time to review or play taped lectures while driving.
Don't hesitate to get help when you need it. Go see your professor, attend study sessions through Tutoring Across the Curriculum, and network with other adult students in your classes.
Do difficult tasks early in your day. Take advantage of quiet times between classes or when children have gone to school to tackle difficult study tasks.
Break your tasks down into smaller, more manageable parts that will more easily fit into your busy schedule.
Use your family as a resource when studying. Ask a child to help you study. Teach someone else in your family the material you are studying.
Spread out your study tasks over several days to allow you to schedule family obligations.
Ask your professor for a sample exam or an old exam to use for review. Reviewing sample exams will help you prepare for the types of questions to expect.