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Old 01-07-2021, 10:34 PM   #1
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I'm an adult going back to school. I'm currently taking self paced classes to become a certified peer specialist, and I'm applying for an unrelated program that starts in Feb. Both are online.

I would like advice - how do I be a successful student?
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Old 01-08-2021, 12:43 AM   #2
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Dear WovenGalaxy,

I think it is so great that you are taking on this exciting and promising challenge. Bravo!

I can't speak for others, but what helped me to be a good student was a deep love of the subject matter I was studying. In addition to the required reading I actively sought out as much information as I could. It was easy for me to memorize information in a subject I loved. This wasn't a odious task or chore for me since I was driven internally by a love of learning. This is what helped me most. Hopefully others here will share their experiences. I hope you find what helps you the best.

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Thanks Yao Wen.

A lot of my interests will not make me financially stable. So I'm more interested in being employable at this time. I'm going to be taking classes in medical billing and coding in Feb. Its a good opportunity in many ways for me.

I AM interested in helping others and peer work, and so that's something I'm doing. But its actually still hard to get myself motivated to do the classwork. I have no time limit or timelines for any of the peer classes. I think that's part of the issue. Its very informal.
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I hate online classes be honest with you but thatís what people do now. Many do like it

I did both two of my undergraduate degrees and graduate degree while working full time so my experience was different. Plus not online. Iíd sometimes procrastinate and then cram it all on the weekend sometimes but I am slightly obsessed with getting good grades too, so whatever it takes etc

But I still think I have some ideas on how to be successful in school even though itís a bit different than your situation. I love to learn BUT itís usually a luxury to go to school just to learn.

For me honestly the reason to be a good student was: career and salary advancement. For you it could be to get employed. So you got to hurry up so you can get employed. The other one is in many jobs they see your transcript so Iíd rather they did not see anything embarrassing. Itís good to make to do lists and schedules and prioritize what assignments should be done first

Couple of years back I finished 30 post graduate credits in a hurry because it meant pay increase. It was TEN classes but increase was so substantial that yes I was going to rush and finish by a deadline no matter what

I hate sounding materialistic but I like comfortable life so getting more money is a major push for me. For you to be employable could be an excellent push. My husband had college degree that was not particularly useful so he went to nursing school in mid 40s. He dreamed of it for years but circumstances didnít allow it. His motivation was to become RN ASAP so he had to do well. He has a disability so nothing is easy but it was great motivation plus he never dreamed of the kind of money he makes now. Itís extremely hard work but sure worth it.

So honestly if you want to get a job, youíll have to do reasonably well getting training and thatís would be motivation number one.

Sorry I kind of rambled
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I'm an adult going back to school. I'm currently taking self paced classes to become a certified peer specialist, and I'm applying for an unrelated program that starts in Feb. Both are online.

I would like advice - how do I be a successful student?

Hey @WovenGalaxy , Look up on WIKI some facts about your course and buy a copy book and write down facts / information to do with the type of course your going to do. Other things aswell you can always make a project and put important stuff in a folder for future reference

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I'm an adult going back to school. I'm currently taking self paced classes to become a certified peer specialist, and I'm applying for an unrelated program that starts in Feb. Both are online.

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I myself am now studying and I can say one thing: you need to tune in to study. Take it seriously, take the course as your new chance for self-realization. Did you do any preparatory work? Have you read books and tried to make out some points? These questions mean that the more actively you "swing" your brain, the easier it will be for you to assimilate new information.
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I'm an adult going back to school. I'm currently taking self paced classes to become a certified peer specialist, and I'm applying for an unrelated program that starts in Feb. Both are online.

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how to be a successful student varies from one school/ trade program or college to another. usually during the registration / orientation the student receives an information packet. in there is the college / school or trade programs catalog, important forms and if the handbook is printed separate from the catalog instead of being one book, the new student will get the handbook.

in the catalog and or handbook it explains what that schools, trade programs or colleges expectations/ rules and so forth for how to be a successful student while attending their programs.

my suggestion is look inside your information packet you received when you registered and follow those guidelines/ rules and how to set up your study time and so on, whether they allow drinking, drugs, smoking on campus and so on.

that catalog and student handbook will tell you everything you need to know about how to be a successful student at the college/school/ trade program you are enrolled in.

here in the USA many handbooks have been updated to include the college/school/ trade schools requirements on in person classes such as vaccinations, masking and social distancing during their in person classes. and any consequences the school/ college / trade program will impost if they are not followed.
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I'm an adult going back to school. I'm currently taking self paced classes to become a certified peer specialist, and I'm applying for an unrelated program that starts in Feb. Both are online.

I would like advice - how do I be a successful student?

Can you block out a certain number of hours per day to exclusively work on the class work?

Say, 1-2 hours per day, (I don't know the demands of the program so feel free to adjust), you will work on only school?
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