How to start off on the right track as a mature student

Continuing adult education is one of the most important investments that you can make right now. With layoffs happening left and right, adding the right skills will improve our chances in this competitive World. As Brian Tracy mentioned in his audio book, The Luck Factor, brain power equates to more income. 

But learning a new skill doesn’t have to be going back to classes and working yourselves up with a Masters or Doctorate. Remember, school dropouts like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates learned the skills they need in order to succeed in their fields. The advent of modern technology has allowed people to access adult education in a snap! With the benefits of finding your passion, increasing your income, and low education costs, you should not have any excuses in self improvement.

Adult education can come in different mediums. If you are old-fashioned, you may find yourself going to the bookstore and buy books of your interest. Or, you can just go straight to the library and read information that allows you to pick up skills that you will need, for example, in building a business, learning a new language, learning how to code, book keeping, arithmetic, science, and much more. 

If you are on a low budget, you can purchase ebooks on the Net or even the popular Amazon Kindle books. With the price of a coffee latte, you can easily read non fiction books in your adult education program. Since these books tend to be specialized, you can easily find information for your passions, need, or anything that can help you grow in your field. You can buy these in a shoestring budget and best of all, you can quickly apply what you have learned since most of these books are based on the author’s actual experience. 

If, on the other hand, you are short on time, one of the efficient ways to continue adult education is via audio books. Purchasing a small mp3 player and audio books from Audible can have drastic impact on your learning. For example, the average time a U.S. commuter in a city traffic is 38 hours a year! During this idle time, you can start to fill up your mind with information that you want to learn. You can do this when you are queued in a long line while buying your groceries, during your waiting time in a bus station, waiting for a delayed flight in the airport, or even while doing household chores. Little things like this build up your portfolio of skills that you will need to improve yourself. 

However, for some of you, maybe you don’t know where your talent lies or what are your passions. In this scenario, if you don’t have an idea of what you want, start off by building useful skills. These skills can be book keeping, speed reading, learning how to fix a car, or even learning a language. Don’t stress yourselves out if you feel that there is no direction in your growth. Adult education does not have to be confined with just your passions. If you build your skills, one day, when you find your passion, the skills that you previously learned will somehow connect the dots. Maybe you might start a business someday in your garage, and luckily, you learned how to keep your books while searching for your calling. 

When applying what you have learned, give it your best shot! Deliver the best speech, learn the ropes of web development, try to perfect your running skills, or even perform complicated tasks! Everyone learns by application. For children, even as for adults, curiosity is the best agent for learning. Adult education does not have to be hard like taking a boring exam or class. It should always be fun and should genuinely be you!