A lot of information to aid in your learning may be geared more towards the traditional and typical college student – fresh out of high school and in their late teens. While these types of students may be the majority, there are many nontraditional students joining the realms of higher education.

Going back to school can be stressful for any student, but may be more so for an adult student. The following four tips can make life a little easier and allow you to ease back into your education.

1.      Financial Aid – This is not a concept meant just for the traditional student. It is something that everyone can utilize if they are eligible and meet the requirements. There are scholarship options available, as well. Some are even geared specifically for older students, working moms or other kinds of nontraditional students. There are many ways to find available scholarships including simply typing in scholarships in a search menu and finding what is out there. In addition, there is the FAFSA (Federal Student Aid) and other financial aid options available. To learn about financial aid options at The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP) click the link: Financial Aid . CHCP also offers a Military/VA Discount to all active duty, veterans and their spouses. Learn more here: Military Discount.

2.      Schedule Study Time – As an older or nontraditional student, you may have other obligations on your plate that require your attention in addition to your education. This is outside of your social life and family obligations. For traditional students, going to school may be their only focus. With these other obligations, it is important to find hours the make the most sense for you and literally schedule it in your calendar so you make sure to follow it. Use that time to study and focus on your education and nothing else. Keep your schedule and you can maintain that focus needed.

3.      Manage Test Anxiety – No matter what your age and how long you have studied, tests are stressful. Follow the following steps to ensure that you can relax and allow for your brain to function clearly for your exam:

  • Arrive early and relaxed
  • Trust yourself
  • Take your time
  • Read the instructions carefully
  • Answer the questions you know easily first, and then
  • Go back and work on the harder ones
  • Remember to breathe! Breathing deeply will keep you calm and relaxed.

4.      Find Your Support – It is important to make sure you have support while you are going through your education. CHCP has advisors and a student services team to help you along the way. It is also important to introduce yourself to your fellow students or other students that are more nontraditional. You may have similar situations and can help each other.

These are just a few examples of ways nontraditional students can focus and find success in their education. If you are someone interested in going back to school for  medical assistingnursing, or any of the allied health professions, do not forget, CHCP is here for you! Read more about CHCP programs available at ground campuses and online.


Adapted from: Tips for Adult Students

Peterson, Deb. "5 Tips for Going Back to School as an Adult." About.com Continuing Education. About.com, n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. .