Thinking about advancing your career? How about learning a new language? Want to read a classic or finish that master's degree you put on hold to have children? As spring temps have hit a staggering 90 degrees on the East Coast this week, many people are donning flip flops and shorts, counting down the days until their summer vacations. But for adult learners, summer means back-to-school and now is the time to register for class.
Many top colleges and universities nationwide offer classes in the summer where a student can choose from hundreds of credit and non-credit courses. You can study on campus or online from home, days, evening and even on weekends. The possibilities are limitless.
Finish your undergraduate bachelor's degree in business management, jumpstart your career with a certificate program in media, earn a master's degree in French or take just once class and see where it leads you. If money is an issue, check with your employer to see if they offer a tuition reimbursement program, especially if it relates to your current job or will get you to your next promotion.
With many of these programs over the summer now geared toward serious adult learners, your fellow classmates will challenge and inspire you to achieve your goals. But going back might not be easy, so make sure you get all the help you can. Here are some tips to be a successful adult learner:
* Start a study group
* Hire a tutor if you need to - many online tutoring companies have affordable teachers available anywhere, anytime to fit into your schedule
* Post questions and get answers for homework assistance - receive responses 24/7 by experienced teachers and tutors from around the world
* Share and download study aids, class notes, review materials - get tips from your peers and improve your grades
* Join live review sessions hosted by experts
Going back to school can be intimidating. Learn about all the resources that are available to help you along and don't be afraid to try new online learning tools. Have fun and happy learning.
-Lara Cohn, Examville Blog Contributor
Lara Cohn is a Blog Contributor at Examville.com. Examville is a global online education community where users like you can connect and interact with others from around the world. Our innovative platform creates an open, virtual meeting place that allows for learning without borders. Examville facilitates online user-to-user collaborative learning at an affordable cost.