The Advantages of Being an Adult Learner
If you missed the opportunity to continue your college education right after high school, you might have an unexpected advantage to go to college as an adult. We all know that going to college means studying, meeting deadlines, and passing exams.
Most adult learners have a few other responsibilities on their way to a college degree. For instance, many adult learners have a part-time or full-time job and families to support. While these added responsibilities could present a challenge in managing your time, they could also be an advantage while in college, as well as after graduation.
The accumulated work experience, financial management skills, relationship building, etc. provide a higher level of maturity that a typical recent high school graduate lacks. These all become factors in a better understanding of the college courses and contents, as well as applying the life lessons and social skills to after graduation job search and career advancement.
Let’s take a look at some of the plus factors for adult learners:
Experience with Budgeting
If you are looking into alternative budgeting options, you should find out if your employer is willing to help cover some of the costs.
Some companies encourage workers to pursue their education, and they have tuition reimbursement programs. Additionally, you can do some research yourself about scholarships and grants, and check if you are eligible for some financial aid.
At LA ORT, we offer financial aid to students who need it most, as we believe financial factors shouldn’t stop anyone from getting an education.
Strong Multi-Tasking Skills
Adult learners often can’t attend classes during regular school hours, which is why many people don’t want to return to school at all. ORT recognizes this problem and offers more flexible options. With LA ORT, you can choose what suits you best. You can attend classes in the evenings or on weekends. With these alternative options, returning to college when you have other responsibilities is very doable!
With that out of the way, adult learners can thrive in a college environment. Additionally, they can get better results at college because they already know how important multitasking is. Finally, they know how to manage their time wisely. These are all skills that will ensure their success.
Advanced Social Skills
After years of not going to school, many adult learners feel embarrassed to attend classes with younger students. Maybe your studying skills are a bit rusty, you are uncomfortable with new technologies, or you may be thinking that you won’t be as good as your younger colleagues.
However, that is not all. Adult learners have more life experience, which can help them build positive relations not just with college teachers but also their fellow students. Adult learners are much better at listening to others, which is a useful skill to have at college, not just for lectures but also for making friends.
Since most adult learners have professional work experience, they also had to learn how to function as part of a team. For college projects, being a team player is very significant. So, while adult learners may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, once they start using all the skills they have learned throughout their lives, they can excel in communication with teachers and other students, team projects, and even passing oral exams.
You Are Not Alone
It is important to know that you have various options available. Just by deciding to return to school, you have made a huge step forward. If you need any help whatsoever on your path to a college degree, LA ORT can help. You can talk to one of our student advisors about financial aid, the programs we offer, and how we can help you return to college smoothly. Call us today at 1-(800) 998-2678 or visit www.LAORT.edu for more information. We are here for you!