Considerations for mature students
At NAIT, mature students are often our highest achievers. You already know how to prioritize, how to juggle commitments and how to use your time effectively. You likely have clear goals in mind. All of this will help you succeed as a mature learner.
All students feel overwhelmed at some point, and especially during the first term, while getting used to school. Make sure you give yourself enough downtime away from school to recharge.
If you continue to feel overwhelmed, there are a few options available to you.
Talk to a counsellor for support
Talk to your program chair about taking fewer classes to lighten your course load.
Talk about your concerns with your peers or classmates – you’re probably not the only one feeling this way, and getting support from your peers can help you feel better.
Talk to your instructors – they may have advice to help you.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. NAIT offers many workshops and resources to help you with your studies.
Managing your course load
Many students, mature or not, choose to spread their program out over a longer period of time. While this is not possible in some programs, if you are feeling overwhelmed, check with your program chair to see if this is an option.
Need a refresher in math?
If you have been out of school for more than 5 years, you might want to consider upgrading your math. It is one of the skills that is lost most quickly.
Check out our math modules. Topics include basic math concepts in trades as well as academic upgrading. Learning modules are self-paced, interactive and available online.
Another alternative is to hire a tutor. Check out the Nimbus Learning tutoring program, a course-specific tutoring service providing support at your convenience. Tutors go through a rigorous approval process.
Need to brush up on Study skills?
Most students find that getting into a good study routine will take some practice.
NAIT can help. We offer the following study and academic support services:
- study skills workshops
- online study skill modules
- Learning Strategists - can help with challenges you may be experiencing
Ask your instructor what computer hardware, programs, and skills will be necessary for your course. If you need help, consider hiring a tutor or getting help from a classmate or friend.
If you don’t have a computer, the Computer Commons on the 2nd floor of the HP Centre on Main Campus has computers available for you to use.
Making sure you have the money to get through the semester is important. Financial strain can interfere with your success.
Here are some resources that might help:
It is true that you won’t have as much time with family as before. Sit down with your significant other and children to work out a plan to divide responsibilities and plan for time as a couple and as a family.
Keep in mind that school is an investment in yourself, and your dedication to your goals is good role modelling that will ultimately help your family and yourself.
You may be the only mature student in your class, but that doesn’t mean you won’t fit in. Try to make friends with some of the younger students or consider joining or forming a study group. For support on leading a study group, check out the Student Study Group program for training and resources
Develop a support network. If there aren’t a lot of mature students in your class, there are many at NAIT who are likely feeling the same way you are. Consider joining a Campus Club or connecting with your student union, NAITSA, for ways to meet others and get involved on campus.