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How to Adjust to Being Back in School

Written by Autumn Granza on Monday, 23 September 2019. Posted in Online College

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Going back to school can feel daunting, especially if you haven’t hit the books in quite some time. Returning to school requires some adjustments, both to your life and your schedule. As an online learner with Ashworth, you have the chance to study when and where you want. But remember, you need to make the time. Here are some tips to help you prepare for life as a student.

Plan ahead, secure a support system, and establish a study area

Before heading back to school, it’s important to plan ahead. As an Ashworth education is completed online, it’s vital to prepare as everything is on your own terms. This is especially true after a long break so your transition into student life can go smoothly.

Before hitting the books, make sure you have all the supplies you need. This includes checking that your device is charged and you have pencils and notebooks at the ready. Staying organized and creating a schedule is key. Invest in a planner to keep you on track. Or, spice up a room in your house with a chalk wall. This way your new schedule is on display for your family.

Remember, everyone needs some help once in a while. That’s especially true if you’re going to take the time to chase your dreams. By letting your family and friends know when you need to study, it’s easier for them - and you - to make sure you don’t procrastinate. Earning an education isn’t easy, but it’s easier when you have some help. That’s why a support system goes a long way. Whether it’s your family, friends, or instructors, plan to have people in your life to give you the push you need to succeed.

Don’t forget that you’ll be spending a lot of time reading, writing, and studying. It’s important you have a designated, comfortable study area. This area should be just for you. Somewhere that’s personalized, organized, and peaceful. Remember, only study in this area. No pets or kids if you can help it! That way, you’re in learning mode.

Set realistic expectations

It might take some time before going to school again feels normal. No matter how driven you are, you need to set realistic expectations and goals. This way you won’t feel discouraged by setting expectations that are out of reach, like planning to finish your program in two months.

Before you start your studies, take a moment to list your goals. By setting S.M.A.R.T. goals, originally created by George T. Doran, a consultant and former director of corporate planning for Washington Water Power Company, you’ll learn to use your time wisely. S.M.A.R.T. goals are

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

Remember, it’s okay to take a break. Whether it’s for 15-minutes or the rest of the day, take a step back when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Do things you like and take time for yourself.

Take care of your health

It’s no secret that what you put in your body can affect your productivity. Nutrition and exercise are huge factors to consider when you need your mind in tip-top shape and ready to retain the material you’re studying. Sure, with your busy lifestyle it’s tempting to grab fast food or a meal on the go. But it’s important to think about how that meal will affect you when you’re studying or taking a test. Instead, take some time to meal prep for the week so you can wake up, grab a more nutritious meal, and hit the books. Check out Ashworth’s Nutrition, Diet & Exercise board on Pinterest for some inspiration.

Just like you need to take a break, you also need to make time to exercise. Research shows that exercise is equally important for our brains as our bodies. All you need is a few minutes out of your day. These apps are designed to give you the best 7-minute workout. Download a few and set time aside between reading lessons.

Use the resources available

You’re not going to get used to being a student overnight. Getting back into the rhythm of things will take time. But using the resources that are available to you will help you stay on track. Ashworth has various tools to help you succeed and the Student Community is a great place to meet your classmates, find motivation, and stay up-to-date on Ashworth news. Don’t let the fear of adjusting to life as a student hold you back from investing in your future. Take the first step towards chasing your dreams with Ashworth by calling an Admissions Advisor at .

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