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  1. Bre Hartel
    March 4, 2016 @ 3:39 pm

    Being a nontraditional student was hard, even for me when I went back to college at 32 years old. I did share my wisdom and even an opposing opinion with the professor on occasion. They didn’t like that. Also, when I was going through a divorce during my last year of college, I had to share that with the professors because my assignments were late and my grades had started to slip. I did finally graduate with a B.A. in Communications. It was worth it.

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  2. Heidi
    July 8, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    As a non-traditional student myself, I find these tips to be useful and encouraging. The only one I would disagree with is the part about group projects. Since returning to college, I have noticed the trend toward group projects in the classroom setting. I understand the reasoning behind this, but I have found that I often must pick up the slack for the other students in my group. The reason for this, I believe, is that I care a LOT more about my grade than the average undergrad. And I am juggling a job, full time classes, and a family – I can’t afford to wait until the last minute and then be up at 2 a.m. finishing a project. The only way for me to finish in a timely manner and get an A is to pull most of the weight myself. I know this doesn’t help the traditional students – but I’m trying to get into med school, and can’t risk a bad grade.

    Professors could help a lot by setting expectations and having groups work out a learning contract at the beginning of the assignment – with a leader, deadlines, and individual responsibilities. That way, students who don’t do their fair share can be graded accordingly without punishing the entire group.

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