Essential Study Skills for Adults Returning to School

Adults returning to school are taking the first step toward a life that offers a better job and higher earnings. It’s natural to feel mixed emotions during such a major transition. You might be eager to learn, anxious about the future, and worried about whether you'll be able to juggle your many roles as you pursue your education. Strong study skills are a key ingredient in the recipe for student success. Master these techniques so you can excel at school, work, and life—even when you’re balancing all three at the same time. 

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Why a College Degree is More Affordable Than You Might Think

You probably already know that a college degree can improve your life and open new career doors. Degree holders boast much lower unemployment rates, and earn more. In 2018, bachelor’s degree holders had median weekly earnings of $1,198, compared to $730 among high school graduates and $802 for people with some college under their belt. That means that, compared to a diploma, a degree offers $24,000 more in annual earnings. Over a lifetime, that adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

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How to Stay Engaged with Your Cohort in an Online Setting

Your peers will one day be your professional network. They might help you get a job, partner with you to start a business, or connect you to new workplace opportunities. Getting to know them while in school allows you to begin networking well before you graduate. But these cohort relationships aren’t just instrumental. The people you attend school with understand the challenges of balancing work, life, and school. They may share your anxieties about returning to school and graduating. Lasting relationships with this group offers support, employment opportunities, and a chance to commiserate when the going gets rough. 

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Kids Home from School? Here’s How to Set a Routine That Works for the Whole Family

The right routine can make your life feel like a well-oiled machine, even if you’re struggling to extract the most time from each day. But when the kids are home from school, even the best family routine can fall into total disarray. Time management for students must include a contingency plan for sick days, unexpected breaks, and any other time when your usual schedule just isn’t going to work. Here are some strategies to preserve your sanity and your study time while your kids are home with you full-time. 

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10 Activities to Help Your Kids Get the Wiggles Out While You Study

Your education is the fastest path to achieving the life you want. This can be tough to remember when your kids are bouncing off the walls and you want to spend time with them. Remaining focused on your work gets you closer to your goals and a better life for your kids. If you feel like studying tips rarely consider the distractions parents face, you’re not alone. 

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Student Success Series: How to Reset Your State of Mind for Class

An exceptional education can prepare you for a great career, and even arm you with skills you’ll use in your family or personal life. School prepares you for the real world, but it’s also a unique universe all its own. The right mindset is a key ingredient in the recipe for student success. If you want to thrive when you return to school, you must be prepared to tackle your classes head-on, even if you’re juggling numerous other responsibilities. 

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How to Navigate the Transition Back to College as a Veteran

About 5 percent of current college students are veterans. If you’re considering joining their ranks, you should know that the right college for veterans can shape a brighter, more meaningful future and permanently increase your earning potential. Yet many veterans find the transition to college daunting and worry that they will be poorly equipped for higher learning. You may be recovering from physical injuries and psychological trauma, or feel adrift without the military giving shape and purpose to your life. Perhaps you worry that you won’t understand other students, or they won’t understand you. 

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What You Learn with an Organizational Leadership Degree

Adult students have a unique approach to education, as they see it as an investment in their future with a specific and measurable outcome. “I put in this much, and I hope to receive this much in return.” When considering an Organizational Leadership degree, you may be wondering how it will apply to future career opportunities and how it will help you grow as an individual. 

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What Veterans Need to Know About Going Back to School

Thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other benefits, many veterans return to college after leaving the service. In 2017, 28 percent of all veterans over the age of 25 had completed some type of postsecondary degree or credential. 

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Student Success Series: Tips for Improving Your Public Speaking Skills

Glossophobia, better known as fear of public speaking, is the most common phobia. It affects as many as 75 percent of people. Sufferers with more intense forms of this phobia may agonize over speeches and presentations for days, experiencing physical side effects such as sweating and a rapid heart rate. These annoying symptoms can intensify the phobia because they make it more difficult to deliver a compelling speech. After all, no one wants to stand in front of a class or board room with a shaking voice and sweaty palms. 

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