Studying as an Adult- Back to School

by Waller Jamison

Most people hope that their days of studying are over once they leave school or college, but with the way in which the world of work is changing, today's young people can expect to have to retrain 7 times.

And those who are a bit older will find they have a lot of catching up to do if they are contemplating a change of career or a return to work after bringing up a family.

However, on the positive side, there are now many new opportunities for study and training. Starting college in your 30s, 40s or older is no longer unusual and there is plenty of support available for students who haven't opened a textbook or written an essay for years.

There are options to suit every lifestyle - evening classes, modular courses, distance learning, online learning, day-release courses - making it possible to fit studying around childcare or a full-time job.

The first step in planning your course is to find out exactly what you need for your chosen career or business. There are many new colleges springing up both on and offline and it's important to be sure you make the right choice. You need to be sure that the qualifications are accepted by the industry you wish to enter or will give you the best possible chance when setting up your business.

If you haven't studied for a long time, the prospect may seem daunting, but you don't have to throw yourself into a full time course or work towards a degree immediately.

Here are some study tips which will help ease you back into learning and some ideas to make your reading more effecient and if you want to speed it up, here are some speed-reading techniques.

If you can't afford to go to college full-time, you can earn your degree online at a wide choice of universities, many of them already established in the real world, whilst others operate only in cyberspace.

Whatever your situation, you'll need to find a way to finance your studies and if you haven't got enough in your savings account or a well-enough paid job, you'll need to investigate the possibilities.

And once you have started your course, you'll have to get to grips with study skills and will benefit from our Basic Essay Writing Guide and information on effective essay writing techniques.

Studying might also mean training to gain a new skill in a vocational area or a transferable skill such as improving written and oral communication or learning how to give a presentation.

If you don't feel you want to go back to school, take a look at alternatives to university.