A few tips for making it work - Metro US

A few tips for making it work

1. Take a personality and career test if you’re not sure what you want your second career to be. University continuing education centres can help you match what you like to do with potential jobs and then find the right education to get you there.

— University of British Columbia

2. Find out what the prerequisites are for your course and make sure you have them, or experience the institute will count as equivalent, before enrolling.

— Algonquin College, Ottawa

3. Any tuition fees for courses at the post-secondary school level adding up to more than $100 may be claimed as a credit on your personal income tax return. Talk to the Canada Revenue Agency and see how you can save money.

— University of Toronto

4. Make sure it’s a commitment you can manage before you sign up. It may be appealing to do it quickly, but the reality may overwhelm you.

— Humber College, Toronto

5. Attend an information day to learn about how to apply for courses, how to finance your studies and to get an overview of the campus.

— Douglas College, B.C.

6. Brainstorm about your life experience and write down all the courses and classes you’ve taken through work or in your free time. Also jot down work experience; you may be able to turn some of this into credits to save time and money.

— Saint Mary’s University, Halifax

7. Check out the distance learning options. You may be able to take your course online and at your own schedule, allowing you to study at your convenience. It also allows you to learn at your own pace.

— Mount Royal University, Alberta

8. Know exactly what your learning expectations and needs are. The more specific the student can be about what she wants out of a course, the better a university or college can find the right match.

— University of Ottawa

9. Set yourself a study schedule and keep to it. Book off regular weekly study slots so you’re not always scrambling.

– Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax

10. Use web tools to keep in touch with your classmates. Friend them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and set up Skype study dates. That way you can create a virtual campus and help each other prepare for papers and exams.

– University of Alberta

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