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5 Reasons Why Adult Students Succeed

By Kris Powers | February 21st 2018

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Are you an adult learner thinking of going back to school? Are you considering taking courses for personal or professional development? Does your profession require continuing education credit hours?

More than 40 percent of Americans enrolled in colleges are adult learners – students who are 25 years old or older - and many colleges and universities are just starting to consider their diverse needs. This growing demographic tends to be ambitious, capable, and eager to learn.

Below are five reasons why, as an adult learner, you can not only succeed but excel when you enroll in online courses or go back to school.

1.       Focus – You know what you want, why you want it, and how important succeeding is to your personal life or career.

Skill advancement

Looking to the future? Fast Company recently compiled a list of skill areas that experts recommend you brush up on for you to remain marketable through 2026. 

Technology Skills

The Pew Research Center reports that 13% of Americans are concerned that they won’t be able to keep up with the technical skills needed to stay competitive in their jobs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the following jobs will experience growth between now and 2026:

5 Benefits of Upskilling

By Kris Powers | February 7th 2018

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Do you sometimes feel stuck in a rut at work? Are opportunities for advancement passing you by? Have you considered looking for a new position, but feel that your knowledge and skills may be a bit rusty? It’s time to upskill with Ed4Online!

Prioritize Your Personal Development

By Kris Powers | January 31st 2018

A red hot air balloon rising above the others

There’s nothing like the start of a new year to rejoice in our past successes, reflect on our mistakes, and resolve to learn something new.

If you are a resolution-type person, I hope that you’ve stuck with your resolutions so far! My constant goal is to try to be better today than I was yesterday in actions, thoughts, and deeds. Under the umbrella of this overall resolution; I have a list of specific goals for my career and personal life for 2018. In looking at past years and unmet goals, I've realized that in order to have a better chance at being succesful with this year's plans, I need to spend more time on the details.

Don't Let Your Fears Affect Your Future

By Kris Powers | January 24th 2018

Tire swing hanging from a tree

This morning I woke up, logged onto Facebook, and found an interesting thread started by a neighbor. She was wondering if there was a service that could help her properly and securely hang a tire swing from a large tree in her front yard. Overnight, the question had gathered multiple responses. Among the offers of advice and referrals were a few that really gave me pause. “Isn’t this a bit risky?”, “Aren’t you afraid your children will get hurt?”, “Aren’t you concerned about the liability of other children playing in your yard and maybe getting injured?” 

I had the pleasure of raising my two boys in this very same neighborhood. They played outside – I mean really played outside – riding bikes, running through the woods, playing war, swimming, throwing a football. The chances for injury were ever-present and occurred quite frequently. But I, and they, wouldn’t have it any other way.

More Students Enrolling in Online Classes

By Kris Powers | January 17th 2018

Photo of laptop and notebook

The Babson Survey Research Group recently released it’s “Grade Increase” report showing that enrollment in online courses increased for the fourteenth straight year. The researchers also found that enrollment in online courses rose at a faster pace between fall 2015 and 2016 compared with the previous three years.

According to the report, federal data from more than 4,700 colleges and universities shows that in 2016, 6.34 million students were enrolled in at least one online course, compared with 5.99 million students in 2015. 

The report also found that:

7 Steps to More Effective Problem Solving

By Kris Powers | January 10th 2018

Woman on staircase leading up to success

We all encounter problems in our everyday lives – whether at work or at home. Common problems might be time-management issues, or personality conflicts at the work-place. As unpleasant as some of these problems can be, it’s important to come up with an effective strategy to dealing with them. The following steps can help you better identify issues and come up with solutions for life’s obstacles!

Step One: Identify the problem. Be clear about what the issues are. Apply the “who, what, when and where” system to your problem solving.

5 Tips to Help Make 2018 Great!

By Kris Powers | January 4th 2018

Goals for 2018

The internet is teeming with suggestions on how to make 2018 one of the best years ever. Websites such as Wired,  Odyssey, Business Insider and Happy Fit Mama recently released articles on how to make 2018 one of your best years yet. My favorite tips are below:

1.       Embrace Stillness.

Time for Change

By Kris Powers | December 28th 2017

Time for change

Change. How is it possible that one word can evoke so many emotions? Excitement, apprehension, energy, fear. Change can be scary, but it can also be rewarding. Some of the biggest decisions in my life involved a lot of change. Moving to a new state, starting a family, switching careers. Making the decision to change and then taking the steps necessary was at times daunting; but I had help along the way which made it easier to stay motivated.

3 Holiday Tips for Online Students

By Kris Powers | December 20th 2017

Beautiful woman at laptop

The holidays provide a wonderful time to slow down, catch your breath and enjoy time with friends and family. However, the lack of schedule and structure, while refreshing, can wreak havoc on the online student’s schedule. While we all need a break, and it’s tempting to set aside coursework until the New Year, you don’t want to get too far behind and have to spend valuable effort in playing “catch up” in January.

1.       Make a plan. Look at the weeks ahead. Plan to take days off, enjoy the holiday and spend time with family and friends. But also make sure to schedule time on your calendar for your online courses. You may need to get up early, or stay up late – but block out chunks of time to focus on your assignments.  

2.       Check in daily. Stay in the habit of logging in to your classes, checking discussion boards, looking for notes from your mentors. This way, there should be no surprises at the start of the year!


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