Advice For Adult Students

  • Be patient, relaxed, and focused when dealing with school related people and situations. Do not be intimidated by the idea of returning to school as an adult student. Remember: You care not alone!
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Take a campus tour and learn where buildings and offices are located.
  • Become familiar with school administrators. It will help you to know your financial aid advisor, admissions counselor, and academic advisor. Some schools have personnel who specialize in nontraditional student populations.
  • Ask about your educational options. Many schools offer night and weekend classes. Classes may also be offered at more convenient off-campus locations. If you have young children, take time to find out if a day-care service is available on campus.
  • Get involved. You can meet many of your fellow students by attending orientation programs specifically for nontraditional students. Take advantage of study groups and labs.
  • Be efficient and creative with your study time. Utilize shorter time spans to study rather than trying to set aside 2 hours at once. Review your notes at lunch or while waiting for a doctor's appointment. The amount of possible study time will surprise you.
  • Be flexible with your normal routines. Don't get stressed out over a dirty house or an overgrown lawn. Ask your family or friends to help you out.
  • Be positive and enthusiastic about your educational adventure. Everyone can succeed!