RISING TO THE CHALLENGE
Choosing to return to school can be a life-changing decision, whether it’s been one year since you graduated or a decade since you sat in a classroom.
There are significant challenges posed to adults who decide to pursue education. The good news is these challenges are being recognized by many educational institutions, and non-traditional educational opportunities are becoming widely available. School and institutions are realizing the increasing importance of making learning accessible to everyone and are, consequently, offering more flexible options for students. Many institutions offer evening and weekend classes, as well as online or distance ...view middle of the document...
Sometimes students need extra time to learn a foreign language concept, a slower pace of instruction, and special attention to specific aspects of the foreign language, such as the sounds and special symbols of the language and grammatical rules. Sometimes students need extra tutoring in the language. They may need a distraction- free learning environment and explicit guidance about language concepts.
“You must learn to listen before you can speak. Every language sounds strange the first time you hear it, but the more you expose yourself to it the more familiar it becomes, and the easier it is to speak it properly”. If you make conversation a goal from the beginning, you are less likely to get lost in textbooks. Talking to people will keep the learning process relevant to you.
There are many ways to improve your language learning process. Two of them are: Watch TV/Listen to the radio and cultivate friendship. Then, following these couple of tips, you could improve your second language and overcome this problem.
I used to watch TV in my native language, but I noticed I was not helpful for me to improve my English. So, I started to watch TV in English. At beginning used to be a little frustrated because many times I was not understanding too much, but now I understand so much more.
Making friends who speak English as a first language is so helpful because I have the chance to practice what I learned, to improve my listening, speaking and fix mistakes.
Many adult learners have extensive time commitments such a full-time job, a growing family, but the responsibility to go to class now. These can lead to difficulty succeeding at school due the stress that all of these commitments bring.
Symptoms of too much stress can be physical, emotional, mental and behavioral. While everyone is different, some common signs are: memory problems, trouble concentrating, racing thoughts, irritability, anger, sadness, headaches, frequent colds and changes in sleep or appetite. Chronic stress can lead to — or worsen — serious health problems, including high blood pressure, autoimmune illnesses, digestive issues, depression and anxiety. So it’s important to manage stress, prevent negative stress levels and speak up if you are feeling overwhelmed.
The first two suggestions to overcome the stress that would work for me are: First, Making an activities schedule, prioritize the list and focus on one task at a time will help a lot to make you feel relaxed. Multitasking rarely works. Second, doing exercises. All forms of exercise reduce stress hormones, flood the body with feel-good endorphins, improve mood, boost energy and provide a healthy distraction from your dilemmas. Plus, exercise may make you less susceptible to stress in the long run.
Going back to school has pushed my time by the hours I need to give to come to classes and do homework. So, I had to order my activities, to prioritize some of them giving them more time and stopping...