The fundamental abilities a non-traditional student returning to achieve a college degree, must be a whole collaboration of high school, middle school, and elementary school knowledge and personal developed skills. Returning to college or starting into a bachelor’s degree for non-traditional students will be difficult, especially in the first year. The feelings of awkwardness of being much older than 99% of the entire classroom has so many personal self-confidence issues to hurdle. A great deal of personal experiences will help anyone returning to college, later on in life, and the lessons learned from those experiences should aide in maturity and overcoming personal challenges.
Knowledge of college 100 level courses in algebra, biology, writing, english, literature, and the prerequisites of the students chosen degree program will help become successful. Two important pieces of information to know and should be considered is the returning student taking a college non-traditional student review course at a local community college. Community colleges will be very helpful in their offering of non-credit coursework in several educational and study skills “warm-up” classes, prior to starting classes. The non-traditional student also should consider choosing a community college for their first two years of classes and to complete the prerequisites of their degree program. The choice of attending a community college offers many more benefits to non-traditional students, than today’s modern four-year college institutions. Community colleges tend to have more non-traditional students and provide a wider ability to take courses that are flexible around a non-traditional students life schedule. Non-traditional college students are more likely to be married, have children, work full-time, and many time consuming responsibilities that make attending class difficult.
The modern colleges in the United States offer a wide selection of on-line courses to aide non-traditional students, as these courses are developed for this demographic, while being effective and providing non-traditional college students to achieve a degree. Today, many colleges offer entire degree programs on-line, using software like Blackboard®, Course Compass©, and Tele-Courses that use non-traditional students home computers to simulate a virtual class with other members of the class. The precision of these courses have improved since their development and the usage has grown across the United States and abroad. In today’s world of shorter work deadlines, high stress levels at work and home, and parent’s responsibilities to their children make on-line courses popular and colleges revenue higher. The effectiveness of on-line courses are questioned by many top educators, but the common denominator of non-traditional students returning to college is personal success and professional development through gaining more knowledge credibility at work and in the home.