Traits of a Successful Adult Student

You’ve made the commitment to finish your bachelor’s degree through Grace University’s adult degree completion program. Great! Now what?

Our mission is to develop servant leaders who will take their faith into their professions. We understand that adult learners are different from traditional undergraduate students. At Grace, you’re not just a number – you’re invested in your education, and so are we.

Therefore, we want to share some traits of successful adult learners. It’s been a while; your study habits may need a refresher. Here’s our advice:

Make a plan

At the beginning of each term, use your syllabus to make a plan for the semester. Put each class deadline on your calendar. That way projects, papers and exams don’t sneak up on you.

Schedule study time

While your calendar is out, schedule your study time. You plan your appointments, meetings and other important events, why not your schoolwork? If it’s not on the calendar, it won’t happen. Prioritize your education by setting aside time to study.

Ask for help

If you’re struggling to stick to your scheduled study time or can’t focus because of interruptions, get out of your usual environment and study at the Academic Resource Center on campus, a library or coffee shop. If needed, ask a friend to watch the kids so you can make the most of your study time. Be sure to employ the help of your academic advisor, too.


Utilize the peers in your cohort to help better understand the course material. Schedule a group study session before exams to ask questions and help one another.

To learn more about how to earn your bachelor’s degree in as little as 16 months, call 402-449-2826 or click here.

Grace University is an accredited, private Christian university located in Omaha, Neb. Education opportunities abound with more than 40 diverse undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs including education, business, psychology, professional counseling, music, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education.