Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Studying As A Mature Age Student

by Marie Vonow (follow)
Blogs:https://minamaries.blogspot.com.au https://simpleselfimprovement.blogspot.com.au/
Learning (30)      Student (5)      University (5)      Mature Age (1)     


Learning, Mature Age, Student, University


When I left secondary school I started university the following year. Almost all the first year students were my age. There were only a few mature age students. These days there are people of all ages studying at university. Recently I met a man on the train who is retired and in his sixties. He is studying at university and enjoying it so much he plans to do another degree when he finishes this one.

I went back to university as an ‘internal’ student when I was close to fifty. For the purposes of university study, the term ‘mature’ is used for anyone twenty one or over. There were many students in their thirties, forties and fifties doing my course.

It probably depends on individual circumstances and the course being studied but I found there were advantages to being an older student. For my course, social work, I think life experience was an advantage. For example, when we studied Social Policy I could remember a time when attitudes were different but the students straight out of school had to imagine it.

Mature age students are likely to have different challenges to work around in order to get their assignments and essays done. Surprisingly, I found it easier to organise myself to get work submitted on time than when I was younger. I think experience as a parent and employee and being used to prioritising helped. I was accustomed to blocking out distractions and socialising was not so important. Having said this, I must add that I made some wonderful friends at uni as a mature age student and we sometimes went out on the weekend.

When I started my course there were many things I had to learn. I had to improve my computer and internet search skills. I had no experience of PowerPoint and had to learn how to do a presentation for some assignments. The students who had come into the course from school and those mature age students who had used a range of computer skills extensively in the course of their employment hit the ground running.

I had to learn how to write and reference an essay. Yes, I had studied at university thirty years earlier but things had changed a great deal. I learnt so much from other students, especially those who had done a bridging course prior to starting their degree. There were numerous times when I got help from young students as well as from lecturers and the campus learning adviser.

For anyone starting as an internal mature age university student I suggest
Take advantage of as many of the introductory sessions in Orientation Week as you can.
Become familiar with the online support your university offers.
Get to know your fellow students of all ages and learn from each other.
Don’t panic. You will get the hang of it.
Get involved in social activities on campus and have fun.

You are never too old to undertake study. You will gain from the experience, both academically and socially.

# Learning
# Mature Age
# Student
# University
I like this Article - 3
More Articles by Marie Vonow
I hate moving house and find it stressful
151 views
What is a quick way to lower blood pressure, relieve stress, reduce fatigue and boost your immune...
212 views
I was reading some quotes about clouds the other day and noticed different reactions to the word...
155 views
Life is full of decisions of what to save and what to get rid of (delete)
77 views
While researching tips for things that make people happier I came across the claim people who slee...
116 views
Do you like to express yourself by writing? What motivates you to write? Do you write for money, f...
146 views
view all articles by Marie Vonow
Articles by Marie Vonow on Other Hubs
An individual's mental and physical health may be improved by owning a pet
1 like
ID: 25945
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
Many of us fear to speak our mind because we care about what others might think of us or say abo...
6688 views
To attain any form of abundance in your life, you must feel good as much as possible
2289 views
Understanding the way other people think and feel is a challenge, especially when their ideas an...
1870 views
Many people carry with them**%% misconceptions%%** about painful or negative emotions
282 views
Without a question, people gravitate towards those who are more physically attractive
389 views
In this day and age, many people hire professional escorts because they what to try something ne...
12530 views
One day you are off to work in a busy office as you have been doing for the past five years or lon...
186 views
American author Mark Twain famously wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-...
229 views
%%“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt
568 views
**COPING WITH WORRIES** It is a normal and understandable part of being human to worry
99 views
Categories
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version