Thinking About Going Back to School i.e i need to go back to school?
The modern economy is very difficult; therefore people should be, and in a lot of cases people actually are, considering their options! Believe it or not, there are options out there – apart from the obvious “find a new job” fiasco.
The option of returning to education is a real opportunity for many adults but there are serious considerations that will clearly need to be accounted for.
As an academic writer, I would say that I am well versed within this field and would like to share some tips with you. I have provided five tips and strategies to help you get back into the swing of education.
A balance is essential, are you able to fit in a few hours of valuable study time after work, or before you pick up the kids? Would evening classes be a viable option? Am I able to cut back on working hours, possibly going “part-time”? These are just a few considerations that you may want to think about.
Unlike your younger counterparts, your daily life may be far more demanding of your precious time, so utilize your experience and wealth of knowledge wisely.
Time management and organisational skills are vital to being able to find the balance. Education is demanding, it will push boundaries, it won’t be an easy ride, so managing your time an organising your life is critical.
Research and Research Some More
A great place to begin is to discuss your options with your employer, are you able to work out a more flexible working schedule? Position yourself as an investment; after all you are able to bring your new found knowledge back to the workplace. If this is an unrealistic option speak with the university about flexible learning.
Often adults returning to education find the transition extremely difficult. Advances in technology and educational structures can create barriers to entry. Academic and Student Advisors are an excellent resource and will be able to provide a wealth of information.
As far as your family commitments go, make sure you explore all of your avenues once again. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and call on your support structure.
Childcare costs and finances are two key decision areas; bottom line is that you need to be able to provide shelter and food for your family.
Funding, The Big Discussion
Studying can and usually is an expensive choice, but there is financial help available, Santa BarbaraCollege has an excellent funding resource s section but help varies from situation to situation. For assistance on financial matters contact the school directly to discuss your options.
Online or Campus?
If it comes down to it and you simply can’t free up the time, don’t threat. If a brick and mortar establishment just isn’t going to work, all is not lost. Look online! Online courses tend to be highly flexible, but of course there are disadvantages to online learning (distance learning):
Psychical resources (Lecture halls, study halls and library access)
Reputation management (Low credibility of online education establishments)
Professor contact (Limited to zero face to face contact)
Make a Plan
The key is don’t just sign up for a course and hope for the best. Undertaking education is a commitment in itself. Online, offline it makes little difference, the point is that you still need to plan. You will need to divvy up commitments into sizable chunks to make sure that you are not neglecting essential tasks.
The author of this article , James King, is an academic writer and expert on Colleges in Santa Barbara.