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Author Pritchard, Linda L.

Title The mature student's guide to higher education / Linda Pritchard with Leila Roberts.

Published Maidenhead, Berkshire : Open University Press, 2006.

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Physical description viii, 159 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page [155]).
Contents 1 Why study? 4 -- Personal values 5 -- Motivation to study 5 -- Dealing with change 8 -- Self-reflection 9 -- Benefits of study 10 -- What does learning mean? 13 -- Learning styles 13 -- What next? 15 -- 2 Barriers to study and how to overcome them 16 -- What are the barriers? 17 -- Managing change 23 -- Dealing with anxiety 26 -- What next? 27 -- 3 Preparation for study 29 -- Assessing personal skills 30 -- What skills will you need when you study for a degree? 33 -- What next? 41 -- 4 Study skills 42 -- Researching information 43 -- Referencing and bibliographies 44 -- Reading skills 45 -- Taking notes 46 -- Essay writing 49 -- Revision skills 53 -- Exam skills 54 -- Assessment 54 -- What next? 55 -- 5 Why higher education? 56 -- Types of higher education institutions 57 -- Expansion of higher education 58 -- What are the benefits of doing a degree? 59 -- Types of degree courses 60 -- How degree courses are organized 63 -- Learning and teaching methods 65 -- What next? 70 -- 6 Student finance 71 -- How much? 72 -- Special help available 76 -- A word about debt 80 -- Budgeting 80 -- What next? 84 -- 7 Choosing a course and university 85 -- Where to start 86 -- How to find out about courses and universities 86 -- Course choice - what's available? 90 -- University choice 96 -- What next? 100 -- 8 Preparation courses for higher education 101 -- Accreditation 102 -- Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) tariff 102 -- Preparatory courses for higher education 103 -- Other ways to prepare for higher education 107 -- How to apply 110 -- Other conditions of the application process 114 -- What next? 115 -- 9 Getting ready for the start of term 116 -- Getting ready 117 -- First week 121 -- What next? 122 -- 10 Keeping going to the end 123 -- Student support services 124 -- It's all going wrong 128 -- Keeping motivated 129 -- Coping strategies 131 -- What next? 131 -- 11 Career prospects 132 -- What is a graduate job? 132 -- Improving your career prospects 134 -- Being confident 141 -- How to get further advice 144.
Summary Are you considering changing jobs but require a new skill or qualification? Would you like a new challenge or a sense of personal achievement? Have you considered higher education, but weren't sure how to make that first step into it?
If so, then this the ideal book for you. The Mature Student's Guide to Higher Education tells you everything you need to know if you are thinking about returning to education as a mature student. It discusses a wide range of issues including what higher education involves, how you should prepare for it and how to balance your time and cheque book once you get there.
This book will explain practical issues, as well as addressing your doubts and fears about higher education as a life choice. The book: Helps you understand the different routes into higher education, Explains the mysteries behind admissions procedures, Encourages you to develop a new range of skills, building on the skills you already have, Gives you guidance on how to manage change, time and family commitments, Helps you overcome barriers like a lack of motivation or confidence, Expertly guides you through the systems of fees, showing the loans and financial help that are available. The Mature Student's Guide to Higher Education provides the most accessible and up-to-date help on how to make an informed decision about when, where and how to start a suitable higher education course as a mature student - and the career path that might follow.
Other author Roberts, Leila.
Subject Adult college students -- Great Britain.
Adult college students -- Services for -- Great Britain.
ISBN 9780335217731 (paperback)
0335217737 (paperback)
9780335217748 (hbk.)
0335217745 (hbk.)