School is in for adults too

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Each year, more and more peo­ple are go­ing back to school as adult learn­ers. The ma­jor­ity of these adult learn­ers en­rol at a polytech­nic which has flex­i­ble hours and lower costs.

Sev­eral things can help with trans­fer­ring from work to school.

First, you need to keep in mind that ev­ery­one is afraid of the first day of school.

Even tu­tors get ner­vous on the first day of class. If you find your classes be­fore­hand, al­low plenty of time to travel to class and eat well, that way you can re­move a lot of the ner­vous­ness and be pre­pared for the first day of class.

All learn­ing fa­cil­i­ties have so­cial ser­vices that are avail­able.

If you have been out of the class­room for a long time, it is a good idea to find the tu­tor­ing ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly if you find your­self strug­gling es­sen­tial skills such as maths and English.

In ad­di­tion to these aca­demic ser­vices, many fa­cil­i­ties have job place­ment ser­vices and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

Find­ing a good coun­sel­lor or ad­viser early in the process can save you many headaches in the long run.

Tu­tors of­ten value the en­ergy and ex­pe­ri­ence that adult learn­ers bring into the class­room.

As re­turn­ing to study is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar you will prob­a­bly not be the only adult learner in your classes.

Of­ten, re­turn­ing stu­dents out­num­ber tra­di­tional stu­dents, par­tic­u­larly in night and week­end classes.

These other stu­dents can form a strong so­cial and aca­demic net­work that will be there when you need some sup­port.

Re­turn­ing to study is a chal­lenge, par­tic­u­larly for peo­ple who have been in the work­force and have not been aca­demic for a while.

Main­tain your drive to suc­ceed and de­velop a sup­port net­work, and you can ac­com­plish what­ever goal you set for your­self.

ADULT STU­DENTS: Pre­par­ing to go back to the class­room.

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