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Going back to school as an adult learner can be an incredibly rewarding experience. You’ll get to develop new skills, meet friendly and supportive instructors, and achieve your true potential.
At the same time, going back to school can also be a big challenge—especially for adult learners who’ve been in the “real world” for a few years. That’s because many adult learners have other responsibilities outside of school like paying bills, spending time with family, and working.
As a result, making the most out of your study time is important. Whether you’re completing your accountant training or getting ready to work in the hospitality industry, knowing how to make the most out of your study time can be a big help when you have a busy schedule.
If you’re pursuing a medical office assistant diploma, enrolled in an accounting program, or perhaps studying office administration, here are some top time-saving study tips to help you during your adult education:


How to Maximize Your Study Time as an Adult Learner

Plan your study time:

  • set study goals
  • write a study schedule to stay on track
  • short study sessions are more effective than long ones
  • create a routine

Make the Most of Each Study Session:

  • study in a place that’s comfy and quiet
  • study the most important information first
  • read lessons out loud
  • take a lot of short breaks

Eat the Right Foods & Stay Fit

  • create and follow a meal plan
  • protein-rich foods help your brain perform better
  • try to avoid carbs – they can slow your thought process
  • regular exercise sets off chemicals in the brain that help you think clearly

Choose a School with Flexible Study Options, Like AOLC:

  • a flexible program is easy to fit into a busy schedule
  • supportive instructors are there to help
  • learn at your own pace so that you don’t feel rushed
  • immediate start times help you begin your studies when you want

Go Above and Beyond:

  • study on-the-go with your smartphone
  • ask questions
  • quiz yourself
  • believe in yourself

Don’t Forget to Reward Yourself!

  • come up with a reward system
  • treat yourself after every milestone
  • for small milestones, treats could be something small like a pastry
  • for larger milestones (like graduation day) treats can be something bigger, like a trip