Congratulations on taking the next step to furthering your education!
Are you a mature student? You're not alone!
Many mature students worry about their first year back:
Will I fit in?
Will I have time?
Will I be able to budget?
Will I get the support I need?
Basic planning strategies will help you manage these worries so you can have a smooth first year!
Make The Time
Make Schedules and Checklists
Set short-term goals each week while planning your work over each semester.
Organize both academic and non-academic tasks to have an accurate picture of your day/week.
Budget and Optimize Your Time
Break tasks into smaller chunks.
Account for all tasks.
Know when/how you do your best work with minimal distractions.
Ask For Help and Know Your Limits
Let your family know your schedule so they can support you.
Don't be afraid to say no!
Suzie is a full-time mature student and juggling a part-time job. With weekly quizzes, mid-terms, a project, and final exams, she finds it challenging to fit everything in. What recommendation would you make to Suzie? Select all that apply.
Control Your Expenses
Juggling the costs of school and other responsibilities can be challenging.
Account for the total cost of school (tuition, books, student fees, transportation, etc.)
Prioritize needs instead of wants
Take advantage of:
Used textbooks, eBooks, or free resources in the school library
Scholarships, bursaries, emergency aid
Many organizations offer student discounts for:
Computers and software
Look into allowances and tuition reimbursement offered in your workplace.
Leverage Your Network
Take stock of those supporting you at home, work, and school.
Keep your family in the loop on your schedule and goals. Ask for help when needed.
Many employers support efforts to increase and leverage new skills and may help subsidize costs. Your colleagues, manager, and Human Resources department can point you to these programs.
Look into clubs, webinars, and learning supports specific to mature students. On the flip side, remember you have a lot of experience that will help your junior counterparts.
Completing your education, though challenging at times, can be life-changing.
Some up-front planning and knowing your options will make for a smooth first year and beyond!
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