Advice for Adult Learners Returning to School: Three Things Your Professor Wants You to Know
Earning your bachelor’s degree should be affordable and empowering. That’s why Antioch University Online is with our students every step of the way. From the first time you talk to an admissions counselor to your graduation day and beyond, we’re dedicated to understanding your personal situation and career goals.
And no one is more dedicated to you than our expert faculty members. Below, you’ll find out what they want you to know as you begin your first term upon returning to college.
We Understand You Have a Life
Our students have jobs, families, lives outside of school, and we understand that. Though our courses are as rigorous as those you’ll find at any on-campus program, we know that our students need real flexibility, and our classes offer that. Although you must finish all work for a class by the end of the term, you have the flexibility to study at your own pace, on whatever schedule works best for you and your busy life.
We Want You to Succeed
We know you have a plan for your future, and we’re here to help you build on your experience and reach your goals. All AU Online students have access to a variety of support services, from our virtual writing center to online library services and 24/7 technical assistance. And of course, your professors are readily available to help answer questions about course content and offer advice for the future.
All of our programs will help you excel in your career, but if you want a truly customized program with deep faculty involvement, you should learn more about our individualized studies program. We’ll work closely with you to identify opportunities to make a difference in your community or workplace and then build a curriculum to help you get there.
Additionally, at Antioch, we don’t give out letter or numerical grades. Instead, we provide feedback with a narrative assessment. We believe this accommodates people with different learning styles and better prepares you for a career in professional settings where success is often measured by presentations and written communication. AU Online coursework values demonstrated learning over test scores, further preparing you for a successful career ahead.
We Value Your Experience
Different life experiences and professional accomplishments are what make each of us unique, and this is especially true for our students, who come from a diverse array of locations and backgrounds. We respect where you are coming from and we value what you’ve already accomplished in your life. Because of this, Antioch University offers both transfer credits and credits for life and work experience. Your experience is what makes you who you are, and we invite you to bring that experience into the classroom and share your knowledge with all of us, even as you work to gain knowledge and propel your career.