Frequently Asked Questions About Continuing and Adult Education

Here are answers to the questions we get most often at About Continuing Education. Can't find the answer to your question? Post your question in the Continuing Education forum, and we'll add it to our list: Continuing Education Forum

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There are lots of different definitions of a non-traditional student. This is ours. In the most basic sense, a non-traditional student is anyone who returns to the classroom after leaving the traditional high school to college path.

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This may seem like an odd question to top the list, but adult students come in all ages, and many of us are still a tad bit baffled by all of the cool new electronic tools available to students. The problem is, the smaller the devices get, the easier it is to hit a few wrong keys, and before you know it, your screen font is so small you can't read a thing. We've got a simple solution: Screen Font Too Small?

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Compassionate Eye Foundation - Justin Pumphrey - OJO Images Ltd - Getty Images. Compassionate Eye Foundation - Justin Pumphrey - OJO Images Ltd - Getty Images
Seriously. This is a common question. And it's really not that off-the-wall. We list the top 13 industries offering the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. If you're going back to school to get a better job, this is actually a good question to ask.

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Our collection of ice breakers is one of the most popular sections of this site. Why? Because going back to school can make adults nervous, which can get in the way of learning. When adult students feel more comfortable in the classroom, they get down to the business of learning faster. There are other reasons, too. 5 Reasons to Use Ice Breakers in the Classroom

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You can thank Malcolm Knowles, a pioneer in the study of adult learning, for these five principles of adult learning. If you teach adults, you need to have a good grasp of these.

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Like anything in life, you'll find various opinions on the best lesson plan design for adults. We think this design is effective, easy to follow, and easy to adapt to any subject. It's based on one-hour segments, with built-in breaks, important for adults.

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Al Beck
Can you teach creativity? That depends on a lot of things, including the people involved and their willingness to try, but it certainly can't hurt to try, and this creativity game is one of the best ways we've found.

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Javier Pierini - Getty Images
If you didn't finish high school in the traditional fashion, GED is absolutely something you need to know about. It's your ticket to a better job, a sense of satisfaction, maybe just peace of mind. Not only will we tell you what GED is, we'll help you earn yours.

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GED Testing Service
Now that you know what GED is and have decided to go for it, what do you need to know? We'll tell you what to expect in each section of the GED test.

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Almost every professional in your life, including your doctor, lawyer, and favorite computer geek, has a certificate that validates his or her training. Interested in getting one yourself? We've got info for you.

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One of the first things to worry about once you've decided to go back to school is which entrance exam you should take, and whether or not you can pass it.

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There are so many options out there, it can be difficult to know which degree you need for the job you want. We'll help you sort through it all.

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Stewart Cohen - Getty Images
What Are CEUs? The acronym stands for Continuing Education Units. What are they? We can explain.

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Sharon Dominick - Getty Images

Can I help you pay for school? Uh, no. Sorry. But I can give you information on where to find financial aid: 10 Facts About Financial Aid

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Dimitri Vervitsiotis - Getty Images
Learning styles are very controversial. Take the learning styles tests in our collection, and decide for yourself. We also have an article about the controversy itself. Join the conversation.