Mature students come from all walks of life – some are recent graduates of some form of post-secondary, others have been out of the workforce for a variety of reasons, others are coming back to school to change their careers. No matter where you are coming from, you probably share some of the same fears and transitional issues as other mature students. Hopefully these pages will ease your fears and provide you with some tips and resources to get started on a successful journey through college.
Transitioning Tips for Mature Students
Here are some tips that will help you with your transition back to school
Prepare for an Academic Environment
Identify your learning and study skills. How you learn can change over time. If you need to help developing your skills, speak with the Learning Centre at your campus.
It may take you a semester or two to get in the groove of things. It also might take you some time to fully reach your academic potential.
Relating to Others
Take advantage of all the great opportunities there are on campus to connect with other like-minded students. Consider starting up your own club with students who share your values and desire to learn. To learn more about starting a club, speak with the Seneca Student Federation at your campus.
Get your family and friends involved
Develop your own support network including family members, or friends. Talking to others can be a great source of encouragement during stressful times.
You might have to pass off some of your responsibilities to others in your family. Delegation is a good thing!
Technology is used a lot throughout the College for teaching, learning and accessing resources. If you are not sure how to use it, speak with one of the techs in the Computing Commons or ask a fellow student to assist you.
Acknowledge & Embrace Change
Going back to school bring many changes to your life and to the lives of those around you. Be sure to embrace the change! Talk to your family, partner or others you live with. Let them know about your time schedules, your busy times, your need for quiet times, and your need for support. If they are fully informed, they are more likely to feel part of the process and will be in a better position to support you.