Posted: August 28, 2017
By: Alison Adair
Return to Learning: Taking courses as a busy adult
Have you been thinking about taking a course or a certificate but don’t think you can fit it into your busy schedule? We understand you have work, family and social commitments and that there’s only so many hours in a day. This is why we offer courses in multiple formats, so you can fit learning into your busy life by choosing a course that works for your schedule.
What format works best for you?
Workshops is our most popular learning format for working professionals. It’s just like going to work when you take a half-day or two-day workshop, as they are offered during the week and follow traditional working hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are no tests, assignments or evaluations! What students and employers find most valuable with these interactive workshops is they can apply what they learn to the workplace right away.
Tip: Negotiate with your employer to take a workshop that will benefit your role. You will be able to learn during your working hours.
The most traditional of all our learning formats. When you think about going back to school as an adult, you probably think about evening classes. These types of courses are held one night per week for three hours and take about 12-13 weeks to complete. You know you need to be in class every week, so if you can commit to a specific night, this option could work well for you. In addition to your time in class, you will have a couple hours a week of homework, group work or studying.
Tip: Block time in your calendar for your course and when you’re going to study, so you don’t double book yourself. Use your lunch hour to study, or head to a café with your textbook or laptop.
Our most flexible learning format, online courses allow you to learn where and when is most convenient for you. Online courses require the same amount of time as the traditional in-class format, but without having to be at a certain place at a certain time, every week. You can spread the five hours of learning each week into an hour each evening, or maybe you prefer to do it all on Sunday. The choice is yours!
Tip: Make learning a family event - join your children for homework time each night.
With a little organization and creativity, you can free up a few hours each week to invest in yourself while still maintaining a healthy balance among work, family and fun.
We offer approximately 130 public interest courses to more than 1,500 students in any given year. See what classes topped this year's list of our 10 most popular courses.
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