COLL100 Foundations of Online Learning
American Public University
Grasping Time: The Importance of Time Management for the Adult Student
Adults in ever increasing numbers have returned to school. Reasons for returning vary but regardless, adult students are an increasing presence in the classroom. While adults have the experience and wisdom over the younger students, adults are at a disadvantage due to real-life issues from employment to families. Adults once again have to learn how to manage their time to make the learning process easier. It is widely known that adults experiences during the first year of school has an impact on their second year commitment and whether they’ll finish their degree. Van der Meer, J., Jansen E. and Torenbeek, M. (2010, November). I will explore ways first year students can manage their time and make their learning experience more fulfilling. Over 50% of all adult students work full or part time. Siebert, A. and Karr, M. (2008). This has a drastic effect on the learning process because it is mandatory for the adult student’s personal or family survival. For every hour of class, a student can expect two to three hours of homework. Time management techniques for the adult student (2011). If a adult students take six hours a week and work a full time job, he has a major commitment. Add in the time for driving to and from work, personal commitments and other issues, an adult can quickly run out of time in a day. How then can a student balance work, school and personal commitments? To find time, an adult student should first make a schedule of his weekly errands, activities and commitments. While a calendar is good, a schedule allows you more space to write along with the times when the errand, activity or commitment takes place. Students taking online classes are more flexible than the...