How to Make The Most Out of an Education After 40

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Going back to school at any age can be a daunting task, but it need not be. Here's how to get the most out of returning or going to school for the first time after 40.

Write you goals down on paper. Take a clear inventory of your life. What do you want to do? Visualize yourself there. It's your life. Live it. Decide where you are and where you want to be in the next 2-4 years.

Set an appointment to meet with an academic adviser to discuss your plans. Counselors can help you set incremental and realistic goals. Be open and honest with the adviser. They're not there to judge.

Determine if you'd like to attend school on a full or part-time basis, on or off campus or over the Internet. There's an option to fit all lifestyles.

Actively participate in your education. Engage with professors and students. Join organizations. Take a classes outside of your comfort level. The benefits are numerous and you're never too old.


Select a school that accredited and reputable.


Take classes at a pace that's comfortable for you. Don't feel pressure to complete your studies based on another person's expectations.