Adult learning

Becoming a mature student is very rewarding - and, getting a place as a mature student in college or at university may be closer than you first realised. Related work experience, life experience and access courses may get you that place on that higher education course that you always dreamed of doing.

Higher Learning as a Mature Student

The term 'mature student' actually relates to anyone over the age of 21 years. A mature student is someone who has taken time off after school and waited a few years before starting higher education. People make their decision to become a mature student for a variety of reasons, circumstances and at different times in their lives. For some students, it could just be a personal ambition to go into higher learning and gain that qualification. For other students, it could be a way of opening up an existing career or a new one.

Using Higher Education to Boost Your Career

A hard earned higher learning qualification can show your existing or new employer exactly what you are made of. A higher learning qualification can demonstrate key skills and important qualities that many employers look for in their staff. A higher learning qualification can also open up ways of opening up your own business. You may also be able to start higher learning while you still at work at your existing job; your employer may even help towards funding for the course.

Fitting Higher Education into Your Life

There are a lot of ways to fit higher education into even the busiest of lives. Here are some of the options available when looking at options for higher learning:

* Studying part time and flexible courses - Part time and flexible courses are very popular with those mature students that have families and other work commitments. At least 40! per cent of students that are on higher learning courses are enrolled in flexible and part time courses.

* Distance learning - Distance learning is learning at home, at your own pace. You can have contact with other students and tutors via teleconferencing, email and telephone. You may also be able to meet up occasionally for study groups and meetings. distance learning is great for those that are unable tot travel to college and university, or for those that have other commitments.

Finding The right Course

Choosing the right course and the right higher education provider can be a daunting task. There are so many courses to choose from and many of them can be found at different learning providers. Start by narrowing down what subjects you wish to learn about and think about what you want to do after you have finished learning. If you are looking at getting a job after learning, you may have to have a specific qualifiaction - by knowing what you want to do and how you want to learn will make your decision much easier.

Funding Higher Education

Higher education at any time in life is not cheap. It can be a financial burden for some people, and some people choose not to even start higher education of the cost. These problems can be avoided (or at least made less of a burden) by choosing part time or flexible study. this way, you can learn and continue to work at the same time. Distance learning is also good for people that will have to continue to work as they learn.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will vary depending of the course you wish to start. Sometimes, work experience, life experience and day to day skills can be counted towards entry requirements.

DUC Educational Centre

All DUC Educational Centre Study Programs for Distance Education are payable. The programs are divided in modules and you can study part time at your own pace. Next to the existing studyprogrammes we are preparing new ones in the near future.

Getting better organized: Hints and Tips

1. Creating a study routine

Make yourself follow it by striking a balance between comfort and sacrifice. Do not push yourself too hard, but do not procrastinate either. If at some point you lack the energy or motivation to fulfill the day's of study goal, try just reading for ten minutes. You will probably not get much accomplished in those ten minutes, but it will help you to reinforce the habit of reading and to create a study routine.

2. Setting weekly goals

Two and a half hours four days a week is a reasonable amount of time to complete your degree program succesfully. three days can be devoted to the reading and note taking for around two hours followed by a quick conclusions draft writing based on your notes. Use the fourth day in full for in depth review reading and/or final academic work production.

3. Being persistent

Sometimes there will be personal or professional situations in the course of your study that wil prevent you from meeting the weekly goals. In such cases try to make up for it another day without falling behind in the study goals for the program. Do not worry about how long the whole program will take. Just meet your weekly goals and keep your motivation alive. The key to success is finishing the program, not beginning it.

4. Turning studying into a pleasant experience

Learning should become a pleasant and enriching process. Life should not be just working and studying. It is very important to enjoy your free time while completing your program so you will not feel that studying is taking up your life. There is no hurry; the time it will take to complete the program will not affect the university's appreciation of your work. Do study in a comfortable and well-illuminated environment. There will be no teachers asking to turn in homework or to meet study goals unless you request so.

5. Developing the sense of responsibility

DUC pedagogy is not effective for everybody. It is quite efficient for students and professionals with a certain level of responsibility, people who wish to learn, to improve, and to excel. Nobody bur yourself will monitor the way you study. You are allowed to use textbooks for reference when producing papers, but you should be careful not to overdo it. You are encouraged to follow our pedagogical guidelines. We consider you mature enough to feel free to follow DUC study guidelines or decide your own method of study as long as you fulfill the requirements outlined in the degree program. Whatever method you choose take care not to demolish the mental processes of learning ans assimilation outlined by DUC pedagogy. A degree is not just a piece of paper; it is the representation of certain qualified skills that you are expected to have. During your life or in your professional career, whenever you come across problems needing to be solved, it will be this capacity that will allow you to do it successfully, not the piece of paper that identifies you as holder of a degree.