Mature Students Going Back To School

Today’s post is from Marian, a mature student going back to you to reinvigorate her career…

I went back to school as a mature student TWICE – the first time to complete my MBA and Ph.D., then +/- 10 years later for my Law Degree. Going BACK to school has its challenges – competing with younger students is one of them!


Hi Dr. Marc,
You are very Welcome!

I’m not a young person or middle age, in fact I’m a senior citizen returning
to college to begin a new career. My reason for taking this course is that
I’m not savvy with the different learning techniques of today and I really
need help studying. It’s a real challenge for me beginning a new career, and
learning computer technology. I am going to review your book and hopefully
retain what I read.

Thank you.



Some of the suggestions I can make to ease the transition is to:

  • Realise your deficiencies – if you have trouble concentrating, make sure you eat and sleep properly to maximise this aspect of studying. Over eating or not eating enough is easily dealt with and can make all the difference.
  • If you can’t read very quickly, you’ll be behind the 8-ball before you even start – I recommend you get my Speed Reading Video Program, it’s a bargain and is GUARANTEED to help DOUBLE if not TRIPLE your reading speed. Just so you know, I learnt to speed read for my MBA when I realised that I could not afford to study and run my business at the same time without it. It was not a choice, it was a necessity.
  • The next thing you need to focus on is taking notes – if you haven’t started your class yet, you can watch a few documentaries and take notes as PRACTICE so you are used to listening AND taking notes at the same time. The documentary won’t stop for you any more than the teacher will.

These strategies are all covered in my book and in the BONUS Speed Learning Video Program included with my eBook Get The Best Grades With The Least Amount Of Effort, so you’ll be set – the only thing you need to do is APPLY THE STRATEGIES – they work wonders.

But they don’t work unless you use them.

Onward and upward!


If you have any specific questions, let me know by posting on this blog – if you’re not Internet savvy, I suggest you take a beginner’s course at your local library – most have FREE courses that will show you the basics. You need to have computer skills, otherwise the game’s over before it starts!

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