How to become a successful mature student
Are you over 21?
Yes?! Then, you are halfway there. Congratulations on living this long! Mature students are usually over 21 years old when they return to education. Although, different courses and universities may have different minimum age requirements and it is never too late to get a degree.
Do you love learning?
Jolly good! Then you’re definitely heading in the right direction.
Are you motivated to study?
Motivation is the most important factor for your success.
You must be determined to learn as you spend about 30-40 hours a week studying, if you want to be successful. If you are ambivalent about studying, you may find it challenging to sustain motivation for the 3-4 years of your degree (or even longer, if it’s part-time!)
As a mature student with various external commitments and responsibilities, you must learn how to juggle these in addition to your academic workload.
Can you commit the majority of your time and energy to your studies?
NB. If you want something passionately enough, you will always find a way to make things work. When I studied for my Access to Higher Education diploma, I would work through the night when my kids were sleeping.
Do you have any formal qualifications?
Many university courses require students to have A-levels or level 3 equivalents. However, universities set their own entry requirements and these vary depending on the subject or course.
Do not despair if you have no formal academic qualifications. Warwick University offers various pathways for those with no formal qualifications, including the BA (Hons) Social Studies degree that I just completed.
Instead of using grades, the admission process includes an interview and also considers life and work experience, as well as one’s motivation to achieve.
So, what’s stopping you?!
According to Woody Allen, “80% of success is just showing up”
Wishing you every success! xXx