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Thursday, January 18, 2018
Posted in category Learners by can help you with more than just learning the skills you will need to succeed in the workforce. If you are planning to enroll in an academic program at a college or university, can also help you prepare for going back to school. Whether you need to learn more about the college application and enrollment process, skills for academic success like study skills, test anxiety strategies, or information literacy skills, skills for overall success while adding courses to an already busy schedule like time management, budgeting tips, or stress management, can connect you with all the college readiness resources you need.

Adults Returning to School

Deciding to enroll in a higher education program is a big decision. If you have been in the workforce for a while and are thinking about returning to school to continue your education or enrolling in your first academic program at a university, this decision can seem particularly daunting. Thankfully, there are plenty of learning resources that can guide you through the process of enrolling in college courses and describe what to expect from your academic program before you even submit your college applications. Resources like A Different Road to College: A Guide for Transitioning to College for Non-Traditional Students published by Open Oregon Educational Resources can help you think through the decision to return to school as well as walk you through the process if you decide that college is the right choice for you. It specifically addresses topics like choosing the right college and the benefits of a higher education, planning your college schedule, and the process of college placement testing, to name only a few.

College Readiness

Once you have been accepted into an academic program, you’ll need to take the time to brush up on several skills that will be crucial to your success in college. These skills include some skills you may have developed during your secondary education but will want to refine for the college-level, such as study skills, note-taking techniques, critical thinking skills, test-taking skills, reading comprehension, etc. There are also several other skills that you may not think would directly relate to your success in college but are very important not only your academic performance but also your emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing. These skills include stress management, exercise, nutrition, and sleep practices, as well as managing your personal finances. Some great resources to help you learn more about all of these college readiness skills are College Success published by Lumen Learning and Try College 101 from the Saylor Academy.

Those resources can also teach you more about academic integrity, academic writing, and college-level research skills. You will also want to brush up on your information literacy skills. Knowing how to locate and evaluate sources for research projects and papers, as well as how to cite sources of information to avoid plagiarism is essential. Resources like Information Literacy published by Lumen Learning can help.

Prior Learning Assessments – Get credit for what you already know

If you are someone who has been in the workforce for a number of years, you have likely developed several skills that could translate into college credit. Some schools allow you to take prior learning assessments (PLA) to show what you already know and then give you credit for those skills. This can allow you to save a great deal of time and money as you pursue your degree. Learn more about prior learning assessments from the American Council on Education’s Adult Learners Guide to PLA. Lord Fairfax Community College is one such school that may provide you with credit for the skills you already have. For veterans, the Virginia Community College System has developed a tool for veterans to explore how their military experience can translate into college credits called Credits2Careers.

Also be sure to check out the hundreds of other learning resources on college readiness and career readiness available on, sign up for your free account to track your learning progress and goals as well as save your favorite learning resources, and explore other topics that interest you. can help you with more than just learning the skills you will need to succeed in the workforce. If you are planning to enroll in an academic program at a college, can also help you prepare for going back to school.

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