Returning to College

Computers have infiltrated just about every aspect of modern society and college classes are no exception. Most college teachers make use of computer technology to post their class syllabus, notes on exam dates, homework assignments and changes and general information on class schedules and cancellations. Registration for classes, billing for payment and school information are also generally now done online. It is assumed students have access to, and use computers daily. Understanding basic computer usage, terminology and format can make a world of difference in college success.

Many communities have computer class programs through local libraries, community education classes or even local high school programs. Taking advantage of such a class before enrolling in college can make the transition of returning to the modern school environment easier and less stressful.

Times change, and with it, information and method. Returning to school after a long absence requires an adjustment of mindset. A student must go prepared to let go of old ideas and methodologies and be open to new. Joining student study groups is a good way to hear the ideas and experience of others which can broaden new understanding. On-line forums are also a good way to share, debate and delve more deeply into study topics.

School equipment has also changed from paper and pens to laptops and PADs. A student planner is a must and whether its in booklet or electronic form, it is the heart and soul of student scheduling. Free time for study is just as important to schedule as homework and exam dates. For someone coming back to school after years of absence, study time is a habit which needs to be re-formed and scheduling helps to set a pattern.

Senior citizens who choose to return to college may fear their age may compromise acceptance. As far as enrollment, acceptance is still based upon academic qualification over age. Acceptance by peers and teachers is generally a matter of personality and degree of willingness to get involved. Determination to succeed is still vital to any success.

Academic life is demanding of focus and commitment. Taking a minimum course load to begin with allows adjustment to new scheduling, new experiences and new strategies to meet responsibility. Too much, too soon can spell discouragement for an overall program. It is better to proceed regularly with fewer classes than to take on more than can be comfortably handled. Adults going back to school still have the commitments of family, job and daily responsibility to juggle. The achievement of balance allows a return to college to be a pleasant and fulfilling experience.