Some of you are back in school for the first time in quite a while. You might be panicking, thinking, "How can I possibly fit in all this extra work on top of my already busy life?" Well, it is possible to do it. I was just talking with our new student assistant, who is 25 years old, and his 'secret' would work for any of us. In order to stay on top of your school work, you need to be organized with your time using every spare minute productively. It will be a huge help if you have a planning calendar, either electronic or paper, and plot out all the little time blocks that you might normally waste and use them to study. For example, if you have to wait while picking up your kids, be sure that you have course materials with you to review. That reminds me that to be an efficient student it is critical that you take good notes in class -- then you will have something valuable to review while waiting to pick up your kids!
My husband is a college teacher and I am amazed when he tells me how many young students take NO notes in class. If you take good notes and review them frequently, you should be in good shape for most classes. Usually, faculty members tell you in class what they want you to know for exams.
If you do find yourself struggling in a class, don't be too proud to ask for help. The Academic Services Center in the lower level of the Library has tutoring services as well as a Writing and Math Center. Check out their services and hours at http://www.easternct.edu/asc/.
Most of us who work in the School of Continuing Education have been adult students at some point in our lives. We know you can do this! Don't hesitate to call us for assistance or for an advisement appointment, (860) 465-0206.
Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.
School of Continuing Education
Eastern Connecticut State University