Adult Students: A Painless Guide to Going Back to College


Despite the pressures of work, family, and a mortgage, adults can find encouragement to go back to school with this guide to researching and applying to graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs. With expanded information on applications, financial aid, admission interviews, on-campus adult student specialists, options for distance learning, and new loan and scholarship opportunities, this resource also teaches adult students the strategies needed to tailor an ...

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Despite the pressures of work, family, and a mortgage, adults can find encouragement to go back to school with this guide to researching and applying to graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs. With expanded information on applications, financial aid, admission interviews, on-campus adult student specialists, options for distance learning, and new loan and scholarship opportunities, this resource also teaches adult students the strategies needed to tailor an application to emphasize life and job experience. Dozens of actual admissions essays show adults how to demonstrate knowledge and confidence as they describe why they seek to advance their current careers, change careers, or train for a career after raising a family.

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"A must-have for any adult learner."  —Dr. Lee Bash, dean of graduate and professional studies, Averett University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932662214
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 821,446
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 1001 Ways to Pay For College; Accepted! 50 Successful Business School Admission Essays; Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays; Get Free Cash for College; Get into Any College; How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay; and Sallie Mae How to Pay for College. They live in Palo Alto, California.
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Table of Contents

Promote Yourself By Going Back To School     11
Promote yourself by going back to school     12
How this book will help     13
Should you return to school?     15
How To Choose The Best Program For You     17
Finding a college that fits     18
What do you want?     18
The "what I want" test     19
Opportunities for learning     22
Course options     23
Degree and certificate programs     24
Colleges and universities     25
Is distance learning for you?     27
How distance learning works     28
How to tell if you are a distance learner     28
Choosing a distance learning program     29
How to succeed with distance learning     30
How to narrow your choices     31
Switch from researcher to analyst     33
Creating a short list     36
FAQs About Going Back To School     37
Frequently asked questions     38
Why do adults go back to school?     38
What factors should adults consider?     39
Is it too late to go back to school?     41
How should adults select a school?     41
Whatbenefits should adults look for in a program?     44
Should students consider cost when looking at schools?     45
What are the advantages of different degree programs?     46
What should students know about taking online courses?     46
What qualities do you look for in selecting students?     46
What might adult students be surprised to learn?     48
What is your selection process?     49
What is the best way to get the most credits transferred?     51
Do old credits ever expire?     51
What tips do you have to get the best recommendations?     52
How can students convey their strengths?     53
What are the qualities of a good admission essay?     53
What advice do you have for the essay?     54
Are there essay topics that don't work?     54
Does your school offer scholarships for adult students?     55
What are the best sources of money for adult students?     56
What don't adult students know about paying for college?     57
What are strategies for adults to succeed in the classroom?     58
What common mistakes do students make?     60
What advice do you have for students?     61
Create A Winning Application      63
Getting admitted should not be a mystery     64
How the admission process works     64
Putting together a compelling application     65
The application form     66
Standardized tests     72
Craft An Admission Resume     73
Writing your admission resume     74
Resume basics     74
How to match your resume to your goals     76
How To Write A Winning Admission Essay     79
How to write a winning essay     80
Finding the perfect topic     81
Start by taking a hard look at yourself     82
Keep asking why     83
Eliminating bad topics     84
Talk it out with a friend     85
Look for a snowflake     86
Take the passion test     87
Time to write     87
Edit and re-edit     89
Recycling     90
The 18 most common essay-writing mistakes     91
Successful Admission Essays     97
Successful admission essays     98
Explaining a break in your education     98
Goals for your education     104
Describing yourself     156
Intellectual experience      158
Overcoming challenges     160
How To Interview Like A Pro     167
Acing the admission interview     168
The two-way interview     168
Questions to expect     169
Practice for the real thing     170
Do your homework on the school     170
Have a conversation, not interrogation     171
Have an inquiring mind     171
The scholarship interview     172
Don't let your nerves get the best of you     173
How To Get The Best Recommendations     175
How to get the best recommendations     176
Who to ask     176
How to help your recommenders     177
Earn Credits Outside of The Classroom     179
Earn credits outside of the classroom     180
Earn college credit through exams     181
Get credit for life experience     182
The learning portfolio evaluation     182
Earn credit by credential evaluation     183
Paying For College As An Adult Student     185
How to pay for your education     186
Getting your share of Federal financial aid     186
Starting the financial aid process     186
What happens after the numbers are crunched     188
What you can expect from financial aid     189
Tips for maximizing your financial aid     191
Scholarships for adult students     193
The internet     194
Scholarship books     195
Community service organizations     196
Non-profit organizations and charities     197
Professional associations     198
Unions     198
Local businesses-big and small     199
Beyond financial aid and scholarships     199
Student loans     200
Private loans     201
Money from your state     202
Your college     205
Your employer     206
Federal and state retraining programs     209
Tax breaks     210
Other tax deductions     212
Personal savings     213
Learning more     215
Balancing Your Studies And Your Life     217
Balancing your studies and your life     218
Work your schedule     218
Get your family on board     219
Become a bookworm     220
Take advantage of what your school offers     221
Parting words      223
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