Returning to study as an adult can be a scary experience. But there are many benefits to being a mature-age learner.
Not only are you making an important investment in your future; you also contribute valuable skills, knowledge and experience to the classroom.
Here are some of the ways in which you can excel in the classroom.
1. Use your real world knowledge and experience
As an adult learner with a wealth of past experience, you may understand and appreciate how the things you learn in the classroom might apply in a real- world situation. This will give you a practical perspective, which may help you in your studies.
2. Don’t let your fears and insecurities affect your ability to give your best
This is easier said than done, but it’s important that you don’t let your fears become an obstacle to your learning. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback and help from your teachers and course mates.
3. Be an active learner and take charge of your learning
Participate in discussions with your course mates, share your knowledge, and don’t be afraid to voice your opinions and ideas because this is all part of effective learning. In taking the initiative and giving your best, you will also get the most out of your experience.
4. Set realistic goals
As an adult learner, you are likely to be juggling several commitments at the same time, and studying is only part of that workload. That’s why you need to set realistic goals when it comes to studying. There might be times when you make mistakes, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
5. Be organised
This is probably one of the most important tips for adult learners who want to excel in the classroom. As an adult, you are likely to have other commitments to think about, and you simply cannot afford to leave everything until the last minute. Set aside a regular timeslot to keep up with your study responsibilities – not only will this help make your study experience easier and smoother, you will likely also get more out of it.
The next course you excel in might be one undertaken at a Learn Local organisation! If you would like to undertake further training or learning near where you live, the Learn Local network can help. Learn Local organisations offer adult learning courses in local communities across Victoria. Visit the Learn Local website to discover a Learn Local organisation near where you live: http://learnlocal.org.au/find-a-learn-local/