Adult Learner Steps to Success

Follow these tips to succeed in college as a nontraditional student

There are many decisions to consider and responsibilities to balance as an adult learner. If you do your research, use your resources and trust your instinct it will work out . . . maybe not exactly the way you imagined in the beginning, but you’ll definitely learn something and meet interesting people along the way.

CHOOSING A COLLEGE OR TRAINING PROGRAM

If you want help choosing a college or training program, a VSAC EOC counselor can help you review this checklist of needs:

  • Program fits my goals
  • Program is accredited and/or has evidence of job placement
  • Advisor is supportive of adult students
  • Institution is affordable (considering all financial aid)
  • Schedule fits my other responsibilities
  • Program is close to where I live (if in person)
  • Program provides solid tech support (and I have a working computer and Internet)

FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO SUCCEED AS AN ADULT LEARNER

You’ve researched your options, submitted your applications, applied for financial aid, and gained acceptance. Classes begin soon. Congratulations!

  1. Plan carefully
  2. Prepare yourself for a change
  3. Prepare your family
  4. Speak up and ask for help
  5. Take charge of your thinking

Read more detail about each of these step here.

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