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How to Make Time for College

Some of you are back in school for the first time in quite a while.  You Library3.jpgmight 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.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University

Now is the Time to Go to College!

Do you want to go to college? Do you have credits from your past college experience but did not complete your degree? Find out what you need to know from an Eastern Connecticut State University advisor at our convenient off-campus site in Groton. Information Sessions are at 6 p.m. on Monday evenings.  Call Gail at (860) 446-9457.

Why Do People Go Back to School?

I'm just back from a few days of vacation in Florida -- strangely it was cooler and dryer there than in Connecticut.  Having been away for a few days, I was surprised when one of our advisors, Joanne, told me how many people she had seen in the office this past week.  There has been a steady stream of potential students coming in to see our advisors this summer -- it seems much busier than usual. 

I asked Joanne what these students have told her about why they decided to come back to finish their bachelor's degree.  Joanne said that the predominant reason is caDSC_1284.jpgreer related.  Many students can see that their potential career growth is hampered if they don't have a bachelor's degree.  They may even have been hired by someone quite a bit younger than they are.  Other people may want to change careers.  The bachelor's degree is usually required for career advancement, since each new job attracts many applicants and employers can create a smaller pool for interviews by sorting on the basis of who has a bachelor's degree. 

I spoke with Kate, one of our other advisors, this morning.  Kate has an appointment today with someone who was working on his degree at Eastern quite a few years ago but dropped out.  Today he is meeting with Kate to see how quickly he can now finish a Bachelor of General Studies degree.   Kate is excited to reconnect with him and find out why he has now decided to complete his bachelor's degree.  

Each of our students in the School of Continuing Education has a special story and a unique perspective on why it is important for them to finish their degree.  If you'd like to share your story, we would love to hear it, and, you just might inspire someone else to take the plunge and go back to school this fall!!

 

Carol J. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education

Eastern Connecticut State University

 

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