If you haven’t studied at all since you left school, it can be daunting to even think about starting adult education training. After all, school was such a long time ago and when it comes to learning you feel out of practice and, possibly, out of your depth.
However, you may be looking for something new in your life and an adult course seems a good place to start. This is fantastic! Adult education is a great way to stimulate the mind and meet new people as well. However, you should be alert to a number of factors that may hold you back. If you are worried about any of these, know that there are plenty of other people out there with the same fears as you.
You may simply be scared to take the first step. Lets face it, it can feel like jumping head first into the deep end. It’s quite common to like the idea of commencing adult education training but to be paralyzed by the obstacles you foresee in actually starting. You may fear failure and or you may simply not know how to go about getting started.
If this sounds like you, you should consider a bridging course. This is a course that teaches you how to study. It will give you research tips, show you how to write an essay using the correct structure and how to find and list references. A course like this is a great way to boost your confidence so you can then tackle further adult education training in a subject you want to learn about.
Another hurdle that may put you off adult education training is money. Yes, money can be an obstacle, especially if you want to embark on college or university education. Prices do vary substantially from course to course and institution to institution. With a little research you may find that you are eligible for a student loan or grant to help you with the costs, although this depends on the institution and your nationality. However, don’t give up on the idea of adult education because of the cost, without first taking a look at the range of fee assistance programs that are out there.
Time is something that many of us feel we don’t have enough of and this can seem a justifiable reason for delaying your adult education training ambitions. Where are you possibly going to find the time to add study into what already seems a full schedule? Time is often an issue of prioritization. If you really want to educate yourself further you need to look at your current schedule and work out if there is anything that you don’t need to be doing. Perhaps you can save time by watching less television or cooking family meals in bulk so that you don’t need to start a meal from scratch every night. It is also a great idea to talk to your family about how you can work together to create some study time for you.
These are just some ideas to get you started. Yes, adult education training can seem like an overwhelming prospect but if it’s something that you really want to do, a little research and effort may just turn up solutions to those many obstacles.