Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsNow that we have considered what a mature learner is and explored some of the barriers to learning that many of us face, you will hopefully be feeling reassured that education has a place in your future. So you will need some support on the next steps and we will share with you a series of models that will help explain the psychological changes that we go through when making decisions about our future, or making changes to our current circumstances. We will hear from current and former learners about how they manage their time to fit education into their already busy lives, and what support networks they have accessed leading up to and during their studies.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 secondsWe will hear how it felt for them as they settled into new learning groups, how they unpicked the language of academia, how their confidence grew and their worlds opened as they began to feel like they belonged here at the University of York. We know that the majority of mature learners have a range of responsibilities outside of education and when considering a course, your priorities may be to ensure that things like childcare, housing, finance or commuting are taken care of. You may need to access support for your learning such as writing essays, digital skills, finding resources, anxiety around exams, or physical or mental health considerations.

Skip to 1 minute and 24 secondsYou will hear from learners and support staff on the range of support that is available and we will direct you to those teams and agencies that can help you with your individual needs here at the University of York, although these are also likely be available at most other learning institutions. We will offer you some tools to explore the next steps such as which course, which level of education or which institute. We will talk about how best to plan attending college and university open days, and the UCAS application. At the end of the two weeks, you will have information and resources to make your next step decisions and who knows, we may meet again here at the University of York.

Welcome to Week 2

Welcome to the second week of our mature learner course for those who may be considering returning to education. Now that we have considered what a mature learner is and explored some of the barriers to learning that many of us face, we can begin to feel that there may be a place for us in education after all.

So, you will need some support on the next steps. We will now share with you a series of models that will help explain the psychological changes that we go through when making decisions about our future, or making changes to our current circumstances.

We will hear from current and former learners about how they manage their time to fit the new world of education into their already busy lives. We will hear about the support networks they have accessed leading up to and during their studies. We will understand how it felt for them as they:

  • settled into new learning groups
  • unpicked the language of academia
  • grew in confidence
  • opened their worlds, as they began to feel like they did actually belong here at the University of York.

We know that the majority of mature learners have a range of responsibilities outside of education and when considering a course, their priorities will be to ensure that things like childcare, housing, finance or commuting are taken care of.

For other learners, they may need to access support for their learning such as:

  • writing essays
  • digital skills
  • finding resources
  • anxiety around exams
  • physical or mental health considerations.

You will hear from learners and support staff on the range of support that is available here at the University of York, but is likely to also be available at most other learning institutions.

During Week 2 we will direct you to those teams and agencies that can help you with your individual needs.

As we near the end of week two and you can start to feel that returning to learning could be the next step for you, we will guide you as you think about which course; which level of education; which institute. We will offer you some tools to explore the next steps such as searching for the best course for you, planning to attend college and university open days, and the UCAS application.

At the end of the two weeks, you will have information and resources to make your next step decisions and who knows, we may meet again here at the University of York.

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