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Learning Later in Life

Thinking of studying further, but worried about your age? Here’s why learning later in life shouldn’t stop you.

Ever heard the saying you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Well, when it comes to learning later in life your age should be the last thing holding you back. Learning can take place at any time, any place and any age with us. 

Learning When You’re Older 

Learning is not a one stop shop, it is lifelong, and there are many reasons why people choose to learn later in life. Some people may not have had the opportunity to study further or might not have seen the value in studying further. Whatever your reasons may have been you have no reason to feel anxious about learning later in life. 

Is it Harder to Learn When You’re Older?

You may have been under the impression that learning when you are older is more challenging. Your memory may not be what it was and you may feel intimidated by new methods of learning. Not to worry. It is an absolute myth that learning is harder when you are older. Yes, your brain activity is not the same as someone who is in their 20’s, but you have other tools in place that will help you. Students who are older are usually:

  • More focused 
  • More determined 
  • Manage their time better and efficiently 
  • Learning with a purpose 

These reasons are proof that your maturity will make your academic success more likely. 

Are you too old to Learn?

You may be asking yourself if you are too older to learn. The answer is simple: No! Learning never stops and your age should limit your learning. In fact, learning later in life keeps your brain active. Age is just a state of mind, and when it comes to learning it is completely irrelevant.

Two adult students learning later in life The Benefits of Learning Later in Life 

As mentioned, learning new skills keeps your brain active. But this is just one of the many benefits attached to adult learning. Whether you are eager to try something new or get a promotion at work studying further will assist with all those goals. 

Improves Brain Function 

Studies show that 60-90 year olds have improved cognitive abilities when learning challenging tasks, so, the more you learn, the more effective you will become at picking up other new things. Learning new skills also increases mental well-being. In short, by studying you are keeping your brain active and healthy. 

Improvements in Technology

Access to learning has never been easier thanks to the Internet. Online learning is particularly beneficial to older learners, as you are given the tools you need to work at your own pace and can ask for help whenever you need it.

Change Career Paths

Stuck in a work environment you hate? Improving your skills will give the opportunity to pursue something you are really passionate about. Studying further is one of the easiest ways to change your career path. 

Improve Your Social Life 

Step outside your comfort zone! With  Distance Learning  you will have the opportunity to network and interact with people all over the country. Join an online platform and connect with people who are doing the same course as you. 

Learning is fun

The best thing about learning later in life is that you get to make decisions based on your needs. Have you always wanted to pursue a career in beauty, but at the time it just did not seem like the smart choice? Or maybe you were an avid photographer in your youth and would like get some official training in the field. Now is the time to enrol into a course that you have always wanted to do.

Boost Your Career

Obtaining an official qualification will help with career transitions and furthering the current skills you have, which will make you an asset to any company. 

Increases Confidence 

Learning new concepts and ideas will help you break out of your comfort zone. Rediscovering skills will give you a big confidence boost! 

Places you can Study as an Adult Learner

Are you thinking of picking up the education hat, but worried about where you should enrol? Choose a college that does not care about your age. 

 Skills Academy is your best bet. We are a recognised distance learning institution. As a mature student we are sure you don’t want to put your life on hold. Distance learning gives you the opportunity to continue your responsibilities and be able to study. Go through the study material at your own pace.

We believe in opening the doors of learning to all. Our provider programs have no specific requirements – your age and current qualifications don’t matter. Anyone can enrol. We have accredited, skills focused and even an adult matric option. Here are some more reasons you should study with us. 

  1. Online Support 
  2. 30 Day Money Back Guarantee if you are unhappy with our services
  3. Study from the comfort of your own home
  4. Cut costs on travelling fees and textbooks.

Skills Academy is perfect for students who want to learn later in life. We are committed to seeing our students succeed and with us you can live out your passions – no matter your age

Studying Further has no age limit. Upgrade Your Skills at any age!

Your age should not limit the dreams and aspirations you have. At Skills Academy we want everyone to be able to further their education and improve their lives. Don’t waste any more time. Contact us today. 

  • Complete our online registration form
  • Call us on our toll-free number at 0800 39 0027
Last Updated: November 2, 2020

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Andrea Petersen
Andrea Petersen
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