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Tips for Adult Students

Our lives as adult students require a delicate balancing act among home, job and classroom. We’re lucky just to find an extra ten minutes to grab a sandwich on the way from work to school. But by getting too caught up in dealing with immediate demands, we miss opportunities to pursue the one thing that could help us most – support.

Support comes in many forms, from all area of our lives – at home, at work, at school. You may already have support in at least one of these areas. If not, you should devote at least a little of your valuable time to developing it. It’s not hard. The trick is to talk about your experiences. You can’t afford to be invisible!

Here are a few tips:

Support at home.
Share your studies with your family – young and old. Ask their advice. They may not know your subject, but you’re sure to gain perspective from their feedback. And they  won’t feel neglected by your attention to your school work. If you have kids, study with them. You’ll all benefit!

Support at work.
Don’t hesitate to discuss your studies with colleagues and bosses. Occasionally, you may encounter discouragement. Don’t worry – they may just feel threatened by your growth. More often, you’ll find sympathy and possibly good advice. You just might be able to encourage someone else to go back to school, too.

Support at school.

  • Talk to your instructors. Take a few minutes to stay after class. Let them know who you are. Never be embarrassed to admit you don’t understand something, or that you have a problem Ask questions!
  • Talk to your advisor. You’d be surprised how few adult students seek out the help available to them! If you have a concern, ask about it. I’ve found that if you don’t ask, they often don’t tell. They’ll simply think you don’t need them and go on to help someone else.
  • Join a student group or a study group. All non-traditional students have the option of joining the ACM Turning Point Club. The Club picks up where the Turning Point program leaves off, with opportunities for social and charitable activities, friendship, and personal support. Past activities include potluck meetings, a motivational day, and an end-of-year picnic. Some Club members represented the Turning Point program at ACM open houses and new student orientations.
  • Volunteer to tutor other students or hold informal study groups.
  • If you’re taking classes online, look for or start a virtual study group where you can help each other and share your experiences.


To schedule appointments for placement assessments,
advising/registration, tutoring, or club information, call:

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