Adult learners face unique challenges when they enroll in school. Many adult learners have a full life in addition to school, including a job, spouse, children, and bills to pay. In addition, many adults who go back to school have not been enrolled in an academic program in a long time.
These distractions and complicating factors can make it hard for an adult to study effectively. If you're an adult learner who wants to succeed in school, you'll need to learn study techniques that can be integrated into your normal busy life. These tips can help.
Study When You're Fresh and the House Is Quiet
Many adult learners find that the best time to study is in the early hours of the morning, before anyone else in the house is awake. This makes it easier to find a quiet place to study, free from distractions and pressures from family members. This may mean waking up an hour before everyone else.
You may find that that the morning is the most productive time of the day. Studying for an hour in the morning may be worth two hours of study at night, when the rest of the family is awake and serving as a distraction.
Integrate Family Into the Study Process
Children and spouses can start to feel ignored when their loved one retreats into another room to study all the time. This can put pressure on the family, which can serve as a distraction for you.
Sometimes, a better idea is to study with other members of the family, as a group. If you have children in school, take time together at the table to study your respective subjects. This is only effective if your children are old enough to work independently, or at least without bothering you while you work.
Done right, this is a good way for you and your children to feel closeness and comradery, which can help reduce pressure and can make going to school easier.
Find Ways to Discuss Your Learning With People You Know
A good way to learn new concepts is to discuss what you've learned and explain the information in its simplest terms. Talk to your spouse, children, or friends about the lessons you learn in class. This will help solidify the information and give you a better understanding of the concepts.
Get Support From Other Adult Learners
Form a study group with other adult learners who are working on the same concepts as you. Meet regularly somewhere away from home in a quiet location where you can go over material that you find challenging.
Study groups can help people learn by forcing them to go over material that is required for the test. Study groups can also help because they connect you to people who are struggling in the same ways that you're struggling. Study groups provide essential support to adults who want to succeed.
Break Study Time Into Shorter Sessions
Long study sessions can be hard to carve out, what with a family and job to manage. Break your study time into short sessions to make studying easier and less burdensome. When you do study, unless you're engaging in family study time, study in a quiet room away from the rest of your family. Studying in short sessions without distractions can help you learn the material while you have the least impact on your family and home life.
For more information about how you can study and learn concepts as an adult learner, talk to the faculty at the school where you're enrolled. At DeHart Technical School, we're happy to give you more information, so that you have the tools you need to succeed in our program. Contact us today.