Getting ready to head back to the classroom

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There are plenty of reasons why you might be thinking of heading back to study after being in the workforce for years. Do you want to take your career to the next level? Is it time to learn a new skill or pursue a job you’d always wanted to? Or has the COVID-19 pandemic meant you have to look for a new career?

Whatever your reason, there are plenty of options for adult learners in tertiary training right now. Sometimes the biggest step can be making the decision, then getting used to the classroom once again. Sure, it can be daunting, but there’s plenty of support available. If you’ve just enrolled as an adult student, or you’re thinking of retraining, here are a few tips to help you get back into it.

Get organised
It’s likely you’ll have to manage your study around some work commitments and the best way to keep on top of things is to get organised. In addition to any class time, make sure you schedule specific time out to study, go over notes and prepare for assignments and tests. A diary or calendar is a great way to block out the time you need.

Find out about flexible learning
In some cases, your programme of study can fit around your work and family commitments. When you’re looking into courses, find out if there are part-time options and see what elements of the programme you can do online.

Get support
Like most tertiary education providers, TPP provides plenty of student support options to help get you through.

  • Student services staff provide a range of support, advocacy and advice services including – help with applications, learning support, scholarship information, finance and budgeting, advice on career pathways and more.
  • Learning support services are available to all students, and include study skills, time management, note taking, one-on-one tuition options, essay and report writing, support for literacy and numeracy skills, speaking skills and exam preparation.
  • TPP students also have access to free counselling services to help with all study and personal matter.

Reach out to peers and tutors
One of the great things about enrolling in a programme of study is that you’re not alone. There will be other people in the same situation as you, or even those who’ve been there before. Talk to your classmates, make friends, share ideas on study habits or plan to support each other through the learning process.

Check out the Coast Connect Employment and Careers Hub
The Coast Connect Employment and Careers Hub is open to the public at TPP’s Greymouth campus and you’re welcome to drop in any time. The hub is off the front carpark (follow the flag and footprints on the concrete). At the hub, you’ll be able to speak with Coast Connect staff to get help or access to resources including:

  • Information on career and study options
  • Searching for a job
  • Guides to preparing a CV
  • Assistance with interview skills and preparation
  • Career action plan creation
  • Supporting and encouraging you to get back on your feet
  • Career planning tools
  • Internet access to help with the job process