Lessons Learned To AdulT STudenTS by wulinqing


									Lessons Learned                         To: AdulT STudenTS
                                        From: AdulT STudenTS

                                 W   hat does it take to succeed as an
                                 adult student? Read the ideas and
                                 suggestions of outstanding UNCG
                                 adult students as they reflect on five
                                 key lessons learned:

                                 	     1).	Connect
                                 	     2).	Plan
                                 	     3).	Explore
                                 	     4).	Persist
                                 	     5).	Grow

“We applaud each other.

                — Willie Mason

1). Connect                                                                                                  Walking onto campus the first day, I                If you are having trouble with         To achieve success as an adult student,

                                                                                                             envisioned everyone looking at the old guy          a class, talk to the instructor.       you need to quit thinking of yourself as
“Foster relationships with people who can help.”               — Warren Bailey                               and wondering why he was here. But I felt           Instructors want students to           “different” from traditional students. If you
                                                                                                             that I fit in fast. People were friendly and        succeed—they are willing to            want to join an organization or participate
                                                                                                             wanted to know why I was in class. They             help. They don’t know you want         in UNCG activities, then jump right in
                                                                                                             were curious about my experiences, just as          help if you don’t ask. They may        there! UNCG has a wide variety of campus
                        CONNECT WITH FACULTY
                                                                                                             I was about theirs.                                 know you need help, but YOU            organizations that offer something for
                        Find a professor who will help you, who will act as a kind of mentor. When                                                                                                      everyone. These opportunities open the
                                                                                                                                                                 have to make it clear that you
                        I first came to UNCG I didn’t have a clue as to how to proceed. I was very           Spend time with classmates at the EUC
                                                                                                                                                                 want help. — Linda Anderson            door for new friendships, self-fulfillment,
                        fortunate to establish friendships with several of my professors and their           and coffee bars, talking, studying, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        and networking among faculty and
                        advice has made things so much easier. — Jacqueline Martin                           learning about each other. Join in study
                                                                                                                                                                                                        administration. — Jesse Russo, Student
                                                                                                             groups whenever you see them forming.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Senator and Orientation Leader
                        If I didn’t understand something, I’d go see the professor. When I showed an         — Byron Haddock
                        interest in the work, my professors would tell me what I needed to know and
                        then some. I wasn’t the best student in the class, but I worked hard and had a
                        genuine interest. If YOU put forth the effort, your teachers put forth the effort.
                        — Kineka Hull

                        CONNECT WITH OTHER STUDENTS
                        I have a weak background from high school. Study groups are a big help for
                        me. The sharing of opinions, active discussion – it all helps makes sense of the
                        subject. Because I was so lost in middle and high school, I know very little of
                        the history of much of what we talk about. The group discussions help fill in
                        this background for me. — Annette Estrada

                        Having friends on campus among the other adult students provides support,
                        tips about classes and professors, and the encouragement to keep going. We
                        applaud each other. — Willie Mason

                        CONNECT WITH CAMPUS
                        Get involved in clubs within your major department. You’ll gain lots of useful
                        information that you can’t find out anywhere else, like what internships are
                        available, how to put together a resume, and what it takes to get hired after
                        graduation. Club meetings also offer opportunities for networking with people
                                                                                                                            The Office for Adult Students (OAS) can help you
                        already working in the profession who might be resources in the future.
                        — Karen Woodruff
                                                                                                                                connect to campus and other adult students.

                                                                                                                                          THE OAS WEB SITE IS lOAdEd WITH InfOrmATIOn On prOgrAmS, AcTIvITIES,
                        Take advantage of many of the other opportunities that UNCG has to offer
                                                                                                                                          ScHOlArSHIpS, And ISSuES Of InTErEST TO AdulT STudEnTS: Web Weekly news
                        in addition to your academic endeavors. It is a very rewarding experience.
                                                                                                                                          bulletins, updated every Wednesday; Adult Student Profiles for every major; Peer to Peer
                        I’m almost never aware of an age difference; in fact I identify with the young
                                                                                                                                          Advice Videos; expanded “Lessons Learned;” and the OAS monthly calendar.
                        students and surprisingly feel like one of them because I have made an effort to
                        become involved in activities outside the classroom. — Anthony Bond                                               ATTEnd An OAS SpOnSOrEd AdulT STudEnT cOffEE: First Tuesdays at Five,
                                                                                                                                          Third Wednesdays at Five, and Minerva’s Morning Coffee

                                                                                                                              First Tuesdays at Five is great. I use the First Tuesday meetings to keep in touch with a friend I made
                                                                                                                              in a literature class. We make a point to see each other there. — Mary Steiner

 2). Plan

“Budget your time, set priorities, study a bit every day and review previous material prior to each class.”                        — Terri Day

                                 Manage your time wisely because         I type up material, cut it into pieces,        My advice to all students is to use the Cornell            GO TO CLASS. Period. The biggest difference between
                                 every minute matters and time           and then create puzzles to solve until         Study Guide Method. Many students suffer                   students who do well and those who don’t is going to
                                 management will help you get            I understand it. I’ve also found that if       poor grades and waste enormous amounts                     class. I read the material before class, and that helps me
                                 your work done and balance your         you form a study group and actually            of time due to weak study skills. The Cornell              understand the lecture better. Even if I can’t read every
                                 social life. — Edgar Cabrera            teach something to the other students,         Method is a very powerful tool that I use in               word, having an idea about what the lecture will be helps
                                                                         you’ll understand                              every one of my classes, even statistics. I hope           me come in organized for learning. — Devana Snyder
                                                                         the material                                                         you find it useful. Here’s one
                                                                         much better                                                             link that explains how it         Go over the material a lot: read it, think about it, keep it
                                                                         yourself.”                                                                works: http://www.usu.          in your head. After class, spend 5 minutes writing down
                                                                         — Lisa                                                                     edu/arc/idea_sheets/           everything you remember and then compare with your
                                                                         Copeland                                                                   cornell.cfm — Joanie           notes to see what you forgot.
                                                                                                                                                    Hammond                             I use a tape recorder for difficult classes; I replay the
                                                                                                                                                                                   lectures in an MP3 file on the car stereo on my 45 minute

                                                                                                                                                                                   commute. — Dave Whalley

                                                                                                                                                                                   Stay with it. Don’t get behind. Classes are demanding
                                                                                                                                                                                   and it is easier if you enjoy the subject. I’m reading every
                                                                                                                                                                                   minute. — Nancy Denny

                                                                                               Strategies for Success from the Pros - Tips from the Adult Student Profiles
                                                                                                                         • Go to class every day                                              • Manage your time wisely
                                                                                                                         • Sit in the front                                                   • Structure your work; plan 2 or 3 hours out of class for
                                     You need a high level of commitment                                                 • Prepare for each class                                                  every hour in class

                                     and organization. I review my syllabus                                              • Take complete notes and review them often                          • Prioritize; spend more time on what counts most
                                                                                                                         • Ask questions if you don’t understand, in class or                 • Carve out chunks of time for studying
                                      EVERY SINGLE DAY to stay on top of
                                                                                                                              during office hours                                             • Don’t cram
                                      assignments. I carve out time for study
                                                                                                                         • Make at least one friend in each class who will share notes        • Make flash cards and keep them with you
                                       and set time limits on it. I reward
                                                                                                                              and know the assignments in case you have to miss               • Anticipate likely test questions and give yourself
                                        myself with time with my family and
                                                                                                                              class for an emergency                                               practice tests
                                         personal time. — Joy Hunt-Ward
                                                                                                                         • Find a quiet place to study, at home or on campus                  • Form a study group
                                                                                                                         • Don’t procrastinate                                                • If you have trouble, find help


3). Explore                                                                                                                                                          Find Help with a Click, Call, or Visit
“If students have problems, somewhere on this campus there is a way to                                                                                                  Resources recommended by adult students at UNCG:

    resolve them.” — Roger Cook
                                                                                                                                                                        THE OFFICE FOR ADULT STUDENTS: “a resource for solving problems”
                                                                                                                                                                        GET SET SATURDAY: “a warm welcome”
                                                                                                                                                                        UNS 102 FOR ADULTS: “a great difference in my success”

    The Writing Center was a fantastic     The Office of Disability Services accommodates people with many types                                                        PEER TO PEER ADVICE: “adult students suggest helpful resources”
    help to me; working with the Writing   of disabilities. I have a visual impairment and they have been able to                                                       THE WRITING CENTER: “I learned to be a pretty good writer”
    Center has helped me to express        provide me with many tools such as the CCV TV that allows me to zoom                                                         THE SPEAKING CENTER: “feedback and encouragement”
    myself more effectively, and I am      in and out on the text size. They have also provided me with textbooks on                                                    SPECIAL SUPPORT SERVICES: “I go once a week”
    much better at organizing my ideas.    CD and on tape. They will be of great help if you have needs in this area.                                                   LEARNING ASSISTANCE CENTER: tutoring, skill assessments to
    — Arnaud Gazelle                       — Doug Kapp
                                                                                                                                                                            identify learning styles
                                                                                                                                                                        SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION: classes with built-in tutoring
                                                                                                                                                                        COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES ADVISING OFFICE (CASA): “help with
                                                                                                                                                                            understanding the core requirements”
                                                                                                                                                                        DISABILITY SERVICES: “without it I wouldn’t be at UNCG today”
                                                                                                                                                                        CAREER SERVICES CENTER: “help finding a summer job to pay for
                                                                                                                                                                            my second year”
                                                                                                                                                                        STUDENT RECREATION CENTER: “first-timers feel comfortable”
                                                                                                                                                                        STUDENT HEALTH CENTER: “invaluable assistance” for sickness and health
                                                                                                                                                                        JACKSON LIBRARY: “reference help without leaving my house”
                                                                                                                                                                        INTERNATIONAL HONORS PROGRAM: “a less rigid schedule and
                                                                                                                                                                            interesting people”

                                                                                                                                                                            For a more complete list, check


                                               Nontraditional students should         If you qualify, Special Support        Get Set Saturday, offered by the
                                                know about UNS 102 (University        Services provides valuable             Office for Adult Students, provided a
                                                 Studies for Adult and Transfer       assistance. I go there about once      warm welcome, with an introduction
                                                  Students); it made a great          a week; there’s a tutoring lab,        to UNCG’s computing systems and a           “If you have a problem, don’t be afraid to ask.
                                                   difference in my success here at   computers with free printing, and      conversation with a panel of veteran
                                                     UNCG. — Candace Perkins          advisors to answer questions. If you   adult students. — Jodi Bennett-                Someone will help you. Find that person.”
                                                                                      don’t qualify for SSS, the Learning    Bradshaw
                                                                                                                                                                                                              — Mary Steiner
                                                                                      Assistance Center provides good
                                                                                      academic support. — Kellie Kurtz

4). Persist

“I wish I could tell you it will be easy, but I can’t.”                        — Edgar Cabrera

                                                               Persistence is my most valuable asset. When it is hard I tell      DRAW ON FAMILY SUPPORT                                         STAY POSITIVE
                                                               myself to keep going, look further and try again. The result is    I could not do it all without support from family and          I won’t allow myself to become discouraged. When
                                                               always better, even if not a perfect product. — Susan Crotts       friends. I have found that a commitment from the               I took Economics, I struggled to keep a C average.
                                                                                                                                  entire family is necessary for success. — Evelyn Atkins        When I first went to school I would have dropped
                                                               You can’t tell how you’ll do in a class by the first grade you                                                                    the class, but as an adult I was more determined to
                                                               get: it’s always the lowest one. If the first test results are     KEEP PERSPECTIVE                                               succeed. — Teri Ballough
                                                               discouraging, you have two choices, “give up or dig in.” Don’t     My GPA is not stellar but what I’m concerned about
         To succeed you need persistence, pleasant             quit. It always gets better. — Anne Koch                           is understanding the concepts. I may not test all that
         persistence. — Jossie Nickerson                                                                                          well but I have the perseverance and willpower to
                                                                                                                                  learn and understand. — Steve Sisco

                                           I knew I had to be 100% committed in order to      Do not be discouraged. Put your     Support from my husband and family has        I literally walk uphill on campus with my rolling   What has kept me going is that I do not

                                           make this work. I knew I would have to give        mind to it. Many have gone          a lot to do with my success. You’re still a   book bag and my cooler, saying, “I think I can,     want to go back where I came from, a

                                           up a good portion of my free time to dedicate      before you and ironed out the       parent and a spouse as well as a student.     I think I can,” just like “the little engine that   dead-end job. As an adult student, I can

                                           to studying. Aside from attending class            potholes and speed bumps. Your      I study really hard, which takes time away    could.” I know myself and my limits. Sometimes      see the end of the tunnel and I know

                                           every day, I have spent a good portion of my       road is paved; all you need to do   from them, but they’ve been great. Not        I just have to give myself permission to veg out    exactly where I am going. I always talk

                                           evenings and weekends studying. Having a           is follow the yellow (and blue)     having such a heavy load helped me; if        in front of the TV for an hour or go to bed at 6    to my professors, share my experiences

                                           supportive spouse has been a big help. I have      brick road. Above all, believe in   you try to hurry and get out, it can be       pm when I get home. I really want to encourage      and benefit from their advice. I let them

                                           also taken advantage of online courses when        yourself, and everyone else will    overwhelming. If you have family support,     others and let them know that they can make         know that I left my full-time job for

                                           possible for the few electives that I needed.      too. — Charles Abdel-Karim          you can take your time. — Marcia Griffin      it through despite the sometimes enormous           school, and let them know about my

                                           — David Worster                                                                                                                      obstacles. — Jacline Carter                         strengths and weaknesses. In return I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         always prove in class that I have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             learned the material and I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                always participate in class
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 discussions. I always show
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 them that as an adult
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have life experience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  — Issa Gakou

5). Grow                                                                                                                             Affirmations from the Pros

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                                                                                                                                     Excerpts from the ADULT STUDENT PROFILES
“You’ll find you love being in school.”                         — Anne Silberman

                                        I think you get more out of your classes as an adult. At least that’s been true for          Being in school has changed my dreams. I used to                You think things you haven’t thought about; you are
                                        me. You have a better perspective on what’s important and can get through all the            dream in black and white, but now I dream in color.             able to coexist peacefully with a wider variety of people.
                                        challenges of juggling your life by thinking about the end result of graduating.             — Marina Noudga                                                 — Kathy Hunt
                                        — Stephanie Hodges
                                                                                                                                     Being in school is not necessarily about getting the            It has done wonders for my self image to finish college.
                                                                                                                                     best job. The education itself is important. It is all very     I feel more confident in myself. I enjoy different things
    Adult students face unique challenges in the quest for         As a non-traditional student attending university, you are        personal. The degree gives me credibility. I know I can         too. I’m more interested in literature and enjoy reading
    higher education. It may be children needing additional        not only bettering your life, but setting examples for those      have ideas and I can back them up. And before I didn’t          more than ever. Being able to communicate better is one
    attention, a spouse desiring reassurance or the crisis         around you. So many people are afraid to give up what they        have that.” — Susan Thompson Grant                              of the biggest things. An oral report I dreaded in my
    of an aging parent. In any of these situations, one thing      know, the mundane day-in-and-day-out of life, to pursue their                                                                     first class brought out a side I never knew I had.
    can keep you motivated. Why are you here? Why are              goals and dreams. When times are tough, remind yourself           Pursuing knowledge has been my fountain of youth.               — David Rhoades
    you doing this? When you finish and look back, you will        that you’ll be stronger for getting through it. Remind yourself   You don’t need to be certain about what you will even-
    see rewards that you never imagined. New friendships,          that in two, three, or four years you could have a degree, or     tually do with your degree. The fact that you start and         Everything you take opens up your eyes to different
    new perspectives, new appreciations and newfound               you could simply be that many years older. Employers and          pursue it is powerful. Mentally, it opens windows and           aspects of life in general, even though you might not like
    confidence are all residual benefits that come along           loved ones will have respect for your endeavors, and you will     doors you can’t really foresee. — Chuck Moritz                  it at the time. — Donna Roberts
    with completing your degree. You can do it! And it IS          prove to the most important person that you can achieve—
    worth it! — Debra Slade                                        yourself. — Joan Bailey                                           The opportunities for intellectual expansion have been          Coming to school is a continually rewarding process.
                                                                                                                                     remarkable, and I have been thoroughly inspirited by the        There are benefits like understanding things better, being
                                                                                                                                     examples of excellence set forth by UNCG’S dedicated            more involved in things, being more confident, and being
                                                                                                                                     faculty. I am indelibly imprinted by their presentation of      willing to tackle new things. — Elaine Smith
                                                                                                                                     education “as a way of life,” rather than something that
                                                                                                                                     merely occurs at a point in a life. — Carolyn Sanzenbacher      Learning was FUN! I discovered the intellectual joy
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of making an observation and seeing how far I could
                                                                                                                                     I feel like I now see the world through a magnifying            push it. — Marilyn Lauritzen
                                                                                                                                     glass, with much greater dimension. It is incredible

                                                                                                                                     how broadening an experience a college education is.            You really do feel young, not because the people around
                                                                                                                                     It enhances your entire life. — Susan Crotts                    you are young, but because approaching life with the idea
                                                                                                                                                                                                     that you have something to learn is a refreshing attitude
                                                                                                                                     Even classes I had not looked forward to turned out to          to have. Coming back to college as an adult was one of
                                                                                                                                     be exciting. I had always heard that Western Civ was the        the best things I ever did, without a shadow of a doubt.
                                                                                                                                     worst nightmare imaginable. It turned out to be one of          — John May
                                                                                                                                     my favorite classes. I never could imagine why anyone
                                                                                                                                     wanted to study Latin or Greek. Finally I knew. I wanted
                                                                                                                                     to study those languages. — Mark Fulton

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                                     The oFFice For AdulT STudenTS (oAS)

                                     The Office for Adult Students was established to help
                                     non-traditional students have the best possible educational
                                     experience at UNCG culminating in the achievement of their

                                     Adult students have been a part of UNCG since its
                                     beginnings in l892, and currently almost 3000 adult students
                                     are enrolled as undergraduates at UNCG.

                                     What is an adult student? Any undergraduate who, in
                                     addition to attending UNCG, carries primary responsibilites
                                     for family, work, community, etc., and/or anyone 24 years of
                                     age or older at the point of enrollment at UNCG.

                                     UNCg is a great place where great people make great
                                     things happen and everyone can succeed.

                                     210 Elliott University Center
                                     Phone: 336-256-0300
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                  I CAN finish!
                                     — Sandy Walker

        All adult students are encouraged to check the OAS Web site weekly:   www.uncg.edu/oas

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