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If you thought school was hard the first time round, you learn that it’s harder when you go back after many years away from it. As an adult learner who’s taken on the initiative to complete your education, earn a business management degree, or pick up new skills, you’re likely to falter if you’re not really prepared for all that school entails. Learning is actually easier as the years go by, because you have a world of experience to augment the theory that school teaches you. However, you also have much more going on in your life than when you were a child and school was your only responsibility. So if you want to taste success as an adult learner, here are a few study tips that will come in handy:

  1. Plan your schedule: Adult learning is all about balancing your work, family life, social life and education without neglecting any of them. So unless you work out a schedule and stick to it, one or more of these aspects of your life is going to suffer. Schedules help you allocate time for all the things you want to do, and they give you a sense of satisfaction when you adhere to them.
  2. Don’t take on the impossible: I know there are people who insist that nothing is impossible, but if you aspire too high and take on more than you can handle, you end up in a mess. You may want to complete your degree in the shortest possible time even as you take on more responsibilities at work for a higher salary and juggle family commitments to your spouse and children. However, if you’re running yourself ragged by doing too much at once, you not only make mistakes but also add stress to your life. Stress is a killer in more ways than one, and no amount of money or fame is worth inviting it into your life. So take on only what is practical, and leave the rest for a later time.
  3. Be prepared to make a few sacrifices: If you’ve added education to your already-full life, you may have to give up something that is a regular part of your life now. Some people choose to limit social and leisure activities until they’ve completed their education while others ask their employers to cut them some slack at the workplace. It’s up to you to decide whatever works for you based on your circumstances.
  4. Set aside time every few days for your lessons: Doing a little every day is much more effective than trying to do it all one fine day on the eve of your exams. So no matter how busy you are, spend at least half an hour with your lessons to ensure that you stay in touch with what’s going on in school. When you’re an online learner, you must assume responsibility for yourself because your teachers are not going to push you to improve or perform well.
  5. Stay up to date on your coursework: And finally, stay on top of your lessons and coursework by attending all online discussions and lessons. Be aware of submission dates for assignments and projects, keep track of exam dates, and establish a network of your virtual classmates so you can exchange ideas and confirm dates and schedules.

This guest post is contributed by Mark Davies, he writes on the topic of Masters Degrees Online. He welcomes your comments at his email: markdavies247[at]gmail[dot]com

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