August 17, 2022

Are you thinking of going back to Uni?

*This is a collaborative post*

You might think it is too late to go back to university if you are over 21. Yet, every year, thousands of older students all over the world make the important decision to keep going to school, whether it is to study something they are interested in, to help their careers grow, or to make a change and retrain to get into a new industry or field.  You can go to university at any age, so we have put together some tips to help you take the plunge and get over any fears that might be stopping you.

women smiling wearing a university graduate hat

Having to learn how to learn all over again

You may not have been in a lecture hall or university library in a while, and the idea of having to take notes, work in groups, give presentations, study for exams, and writing assignments may make you feel overwhelmed.

Whether they are 21 or 61, there will be a lot of other people who feel the same way. Still, getting a postgraduate degree is one of the most exciting and challenging things you can do. Try not to be too hard on yourself and remember that.

Also, do not make things too hard. Do not be afraid to ask for help if you do not understand something. Plan and give yourself time to study at home and work, and try to find a place where you will not be interrupted. The most important things here are how you use your time and set things up. The rest will work itself out.

Getting help with your studies from a personal tutor is a great way. They can give you a lot of help and point you in the right direction if you need help with things like school or money and applying for DSA student finance.

Trying to find a good balance between work and family

Even though it might take a while to figure out some things at first, it is important to remember that your priorities, responsibilities, and commitments are probably not the same as when you were in your late teens or early twenties.

No longer is there a single degree programme that everyone can use. You can study full-time, part-time, online, on-campus, off-campus, blended, or even in the evening. This makes it much easier to balance all of your obligations and responsibilities.

I do not have the skills needed.

You already have a lot of life experience to help you do better in school because you are an older student.

If you want to get a master’s or doctoral degree in business, you should be sure you can think critically, logically, and analytically. If you want to get a degree in the humanities, on the other hand, you need to be able to communicate well, do research, and solve problems.

Universities are used to teaching older students who have not been in school for a long time. Many universities have workshops and other events for older students to help them get better at certain skills.


Will I get along?

More than half of mature students at UK universities are between the ages of 21 and 24, while 40% are over 30. Many people go back to college to get a master’s degree, while others go for the first time to get an Access to Higher Education diploma or start their first undergraduate degree.

As an older student, there is no right or wrong way to do things. You study with people of all ages and backgrounds who want the same things. It is a full experience that can help you become more tolerant. You might be surprised that you and your younger classmates have more in common than you thought. With more life experience, you will also better connect with your classmates and teachers and make friends.

Thanks for reading xxx


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