The idea of having homework and getting report cards again can
be intimidating. But don't worry - we've provided some helpful
hints to put you on track for scholastic success.
Review the course expectations
At the beginning of each term or semester, your professor will
provide you with a syllabus. This handy tool will give you an
overview of what to expect as you work your way through the class.
Many syllabi even include important deadlines or outlines of the
content you will cover. Be sure to keep your syllabus and refer to
it often. It can help you stay focused and remind you of the
overall learning goals for the course.
Make a schedule
Add deadlines, the dates of tests and due dates for important
assignments to your family and/or work calendars. That way, you'll
be able to keep track of all of your commitments in one place, and
better prepare for busy days or weeks. You may also want to block
off time each week to study - so you'll be less likely to fall
behind or push school work to the back burner.
If you have a huge assignment, break the project into manageable
steps or "pieces" and use to-do lists to identify individual tasks.
Be sure to set deadlines for each item. Checking off items on your
list will help you keep track of your progress, and provide
encouragement as you move forward.
Create a Family Study Hall or Find a Study Buddy
If you're not the only student in your family, you may want to
create a family "study hall." Clear room on the kitchen table and
work on your homework while your kids do theirs. That way, you can
provide each other with "moral support," and the subjects you are
each exploring can provide great family conversation starters. Of
course, your commitment to your studies will also set a great
example for your children.
Don't have kids? Join a study group, or simply set aside time
with your spouse or partner to learn together. You can tackle
homework and class projects, and he or she can explore the
internet, read a book or magazine or practice a hobby. If you
prefer to study on your own, find a comfortable place and let your
family know you need some quiet time to focus.
If you attend classes on campus, you may want to take advantage
of study spaces available at the library or student center. Most
schools also offer free tutoring, so ask your RBA coordinator if
you'd like extra help in a particular class.
Study at work
Your employer may be willing to let you use your computer and
office space in the evenings or outside of your regular work hours,
so you can have a quiet and organized workspace to study.
Be sure to tell your employer about your decision to return to
school, and explain how earning your degree will help you in your
career. If he or she is supportive, you may be able to request an
alternative work schedule during exam weeks. Remember to always be
respectful, and, if you make special requests, notify your
supervisor well in advance.
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