is quite challenging for adult students to balance their daily
responsibilities. Adult students need to divide their time
energy between their studies and their home and family life.
Furthermore, if an adult student is employed in addition to taking
courses, then balancing his or her responsibilities becomes even more
difficult. To succeed in their courses with only a little or
sacrifice of time to their family life, adult students need to
carefully manage their time and prioritize their daily tasks.
The following suggestions will help adult learners succeed in their
studies with minimal disruptions to their other obligations:
as much as possible in advance. It’s important to plan your
at the start of each day for that day’s activities, while maintaining a
long term plan to the end of the semester and even to the year’s
end. With careful planning and by having a plan in place, you
check if you are allocating your time wisely to your studies, to your
family, and/or to your work. It’s easy to modify a
one already exists.
Take small steps at the start. As you
begin your courses as an adult student, it’s best not to overload
yourself with too many courses, or even with courses that are very
demanding. Take only a few courses at the start.
can later increase your course-load depending on your time and
commitments outside of school.
Keep you schoolwork organized and
separated from other things. It’s best to keep your school
material in one place, and to treat your studies as a completely
separate activity from your other daily activities. For
don’t attend to homework at work or while playing with your
children. This approach will make it easier for you to focus
on your schoolwork when working on school assignments.
physically fit and stay active. It’s important to stay
order to respond well to your responsibilities at home, at school,
and/or at work. Be sure to take breaks throughout each day to
relax and to collect your thoughts. Eat a healthy diet, and
Take advantage of our Adult Learning
Centre’s wide choice of courses and different course
Courses can be taken in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
Furthermore, we offer courses in-class or self-paced.
on your coursework level, you may be able to select the courses and
times that fit best into your busy daily schedule.
not harder! Investigate the learning style which works best
you. You could be a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic
learner. When applying the learning style which is best for
your learning and studying become most efficient. You will
time studying, get more out your coursework, and could even apply the
appropriate learning technique to situations outside of your
Remind yourself of your educational goal.
Adult students take courses for many different reasons.
to just gain English language skills, or to meet graduation
requirements, or to complete entrance requirements into a
post-secondary program at a college or university. Don’t
to remind yourself periodically why you are taking courses – this
reminder will keep you motivated and focused on your goal.
summary, overcoming the difficult balance between schoolwork, family
life, and/or work is not simple for many adult students. The
way to overcome this challenge is through careful planning and managing
of time. The flexibility in our Learning Centre’s schedule of
courses will likely help you organize and plan your days better so that
you may have more time for your family and/or work. See you
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