Teens entering college can always use advice, but what about us older folk heading back to school? Here are some tips to help make your college experience successful, regardless of your age.

Learning Curve For Everyone

Whether you’re going to college for the first time or returning later in life, there are several tips that you may find helpful. Today’s learning environment is unique, and if you haven’t been to school in a while, these tips may prove to be invaluable.

1) Figure out your “why”

It’s essential that you keep yourself motivated. In college, it’s completely up to you what you want to get out of your experience. Identifying why you’re attending—your eventual goal—is imperative. When times get tough, you’ll need to remind yourself of your “why” to keep yourself motivated.

2) Become a master time manager

If you’re away at college for the first time, you won’t have mom around to give you wake up calls, project due-date reminders, or clean socks. For any aged student, you’ll have to learn how to manage your time to include classes, studying, eating, sleeping, and maybe a job and taking care of your family.

3) Become super tech-savvy

Most kids have this covered already. For the older set, we can’t afford to get tech-intimidated. Plan on taking notes on a tablet or a laptop. Your professors will have syllabi, project assignments, and grades posted online. Plan on doing research and collaborating on team projects with strangers over the Internet. Laptop advice: don’t forget to use firewalls, virus protection, and back-up your files.

4) Schedule sleep

Proper rest will keep you healthy and keep your brain cells popping. Staying up all night to study may backfire on you in the morning. If you lose sleep in the evening due to rowdy roommates or a toddler with a nightmare or the flu, try to work in a nap. Sleep matters.

5) Get involved on campus

Your classes are just a part of your college engagement. Whether it’s a club, sport, or spending time in the library, your involvement on campus will make a difference in your personal satisfaction (and possibly to your future employer.)

6) Introduce yourself

As per advice from professors, they highly suggest you introduce yourself and formally meet. They like to put a face to the name and work. Going to see them during their office hours lets them know you’re a committed student. Professors are there to be instructors, but also mentors. Help create a positive working relationship.

7) Use every resource to help you study

Use a tutor, a cohort, flash cards, and any other people or tools that will aid you in preparing for exams. Knowing how to study will help you be a successful student both in learning and getting the grades.

Everyday Is A School Day

Learning is a life-long process. As times change, so make approaches to education. We’re all capable of being successful, so let’s keep supporting one another and offering helpful tips whenever we can.
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