Study Tips for Adult Students

Adult students, who are older than the youngsters typically called to mind by the word “student,” are returning to schools in record numbers. Following recent global economic changes, many older students are studying for different careers in a wide variety of professions.

Good study habits are critical for the success of these adult students, yet in some cases many years have passed since these students were last enrolled in any sort of education program. Therefore, mature students should consider implementing an effective study routine in order to ensure that they successfully complete their courses. Fortunately, good study habits can be both fun and rewarding for all students.

Basic Study Habits for Adult Learning

First, it will be helpful to consider some of the fundamentals of good studying. The following basic study habits are beneficial to all students, regardless of their age or type of schooling.

Place to study

The first and most important habit to develop is to find and use the same quiet, undisturbed place in which to study each day. The study space should be an area in which the student, especially an older student, can spread out papers, books, and any materials necessary to work on school assignments. It is best if the study space is located in a low-traffic area with few visitors, so the student can concentrate.

Consistent study schedule

Consistency in the study schedule is important in order to complete the school assignments on-time and correctly. If a student, especially an adult student with demands from work and family, drifts off-schedule and falls behind on the assignments, it can be very difficult to catch up later. The best practice is always to devote a particular time slot (or slots) for reading, studying, and completing assignments.

Research and do the homework

Good preparation and research helps students learn rapidly, and it also gives them the confidence to present their lessons and assignments as factual and correct. Nowadays, the Internet has brought widespread access to information for both young and old alike; however, the Internet has also spawned an online world of “spam,” “bots” and “link farms” leading to worthless gibberish instead of valuable information.

The mature student should develop the habit of first organizing each assignment, then researching carefully to verify information before incorporating it into his or her assignment, and thereby being graded accordingly.

Older students are usually more methodical as well as being more cautious and conservative in assuming the truthfulness of what they’ve read online, and so will have an advantage over younger students.

Questions are the answer

Adult students sometimes consider themselves at a disadvantage when compared for younger students regarding speed, flexibility, and capacity for studying and learning. Yet, mature students have the maturity, wisdom and discipline to succeed in school by developing and maintaining good study habits.

The best learning habit of all is to ask relevant questions anytime the study topic seems unclear. Because of their maturity, older students are most likely to already have the best study habit of all – asking questions without being shy. Questions save the student’s time while best leveraging the knowledge and experience of the teacher. In summary, adult students may already have some good study habits, and can quickly develop other good habits likely to lead to success.

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