Continuing today, the site is featuring a long form discussion of how to get into college and earn a bachelors degree specifically tailored to adults who are facing the same challenges as everyone else in today's economy. Enjoy!
Rule # 4 Time Management
Your time is the most valuable commodity. If you have the option to choose between 4 classes that add up to meet your requirements, and 2 classes that are more than likely a little harder to complete that fill in the check boxes, take the 2 classes. You have already decided that you are in it for the long haul, and there are countless resources for you to take advantage of to help you pass any class. That is less of rule for getting into college, and more of a special rule that encases everything: ask for help. You are not in high school anymore, go to tutoring sessions, do your homework and then haunt your professors with questions like, “Is this what you are looking for, am I doing this right?” Maybe your spouse is a master of editing papers, or your kid is taking the same math class as you are, work on your homework together and if the kid thinks they know more, they really might. I recommend bribery, chocolate suffices in most cases. But to get back to Rule #4, your time is everything, how much you are spending is nothing compared to how much time some of these classes are going to take. When given the option between an on campus traditional lecture style class, and an online version that is effectively self taught, 9 times out of 10, take the version that you can finish up after the kids go to bed, or when you get home from work, or right when you get up in the morning before anyone else is awake. You might want to consider taking the class that meets on campus that are a little more technical, like your math, and most science classes. But as a rule of thumb, take the online version. The classes are still quite hard, but usually finding the time to go to the lecture is even harder.