Welcome to Adult Learners/Students


Thank you for logging on to yet enjoy more "reading", you are truly an adult student when you have logged on to read more reading on top of everything else your college or university throws at you. Here I am hopeful that we will be able to help alleviate some of the stress you will incur or are in the midst of currently. This is a place where those furthering their academic careers may come and chat with each other - almost like getting away to a nice cafe'. So, grab a cup of your favorite drink and let's just chat about things that go on in our lives as adult learners who are students. We Rock!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Time Management

Okay ADLs, listen, many of your are working so diligently trying to accomplish your academic goals. One thing I find with many ADLs is that they wait until the last minute to research and write their course final paper(s). Time management is something that every student must take into account. Studying, researching, and writing takes a lot of time, energy and thought. With that said, I am hopeful that you are also utilizing critical thinking skills as well. Think about creating a time-line for each class according to your class responsibilities. Use the syllabus to determine how much time you should spend each week working on your paper. Rule of thumb, start working on your paper at least two to three weeks in advance before the due date. This will aide you in avoiding the unwanted stress and anxiety that hovers over students during last minute crunch time. Plus, it is only fair that you are in a positive mental state for yourself and family while working on your education. Eventually I will discuss the pros and cons of going back to college and why people divorce or separate when ADLs return to college. In the meantime, set some timely goals to be efficient in completing your coursework and less stressed! Read time management books, search the Internet for other tools that can aide you on your successful academic venture. Take Care, see you again soon.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Take a Breather

Overwhelmed? Tired? Exhausted? Now is the time to sit back and reflect the many responsibilities you may have. Are you doing too much; have a difficult time saying NO? Then you probably have problems setting healthy boundaries. Remember this student, you can not properly function if you are overwhelmed, exhausted and tired all the time. You must decide today to take a break. Give yourself permission to go for a long walk, leave the cell phone at home. Take a long coffee break. When is the last time you watched a movie and laughed or cried? It's time, you know, to take care of you. Right where you sit or stand, make a conscious effort to take a deep breath, now ask yourself - what can I do today to alleviate some of the stress I am experiencing. Go ahead. So, what did you come up with? I hope you are honest with yourself, you can not please everybody and you should stop trying to please everybody. Take a break, go out to dinner, read a good book that has nothing to do with your college subject matter. Start today becoming the winner within. We are on a voyage to becoming MASTER STUDENTS!

You can do it!

The Non-Traditional Student (ADLs)

Whew! You've decided to go back to college. The average student in classes I teach, range from 23-27 years old. Many of the students are in their forties. Deciding to go back to school is a challenge, especially since so many people have obligations that kept them from returning in the first place. People have families to take care of, children and parents; along with those responsibilities, there are oftentimes the full-time job, peers, memberships to associations/organizations and other such activities that take up the non-traditional student's time. As ADLs (adult learners) it is oftentimes difficult to play the juggling act of multitasking when you haven't taken time to wrap your mind around your new found responsibilities of being a college student. Well, help is on the way. You will find in this blog, various way to combat stress, negative relationships and peers, self-sabotage and the ole "I just can't do this anymore". Hang on, shortly, I will delve into this blog and start along with you on your path to meeting your academic goals. Sit back, relax and you will be able to breathe again in no time.