Adult Education New Student Orientation. Utah Adult Education Programs. Greetings.
Utah Adult Education Programs
Jenna M. Duncan,
Adult Education Coordinator
1. What is your long-term personal goal?
2. How much time are you willing to commit to achieving this goal?
3. What are some things you know of right now that you need to learn more about in order to reach your long-term goals?
4. What employment goals do you have?
5. What do you need to do to achieve your employment goals?
6. What is getting in the way of you achieving your goals? (Examples: lack of time, little family support, low self image)
You have made the first step towards your success. We all have dreams about what we want to do with our lives. But dreams are simply a wish list floating in the clouds. In order to move forward, you must set goals. Any goal that is not written down is just a dream. Since you have just written down your goals, you have made the important first step towards your success. All you have to do now is commit your time, energy and enthusiasm into being a successful student.
It is very important that you understand that adult education is not like the regular school you once attended. There are several things about adults that make them learn differently from children. We respect these differences and try to make the program meet your adult needs. Below are some of the ways adults learn differently. Think about it!
The Tests of General Educational Development (GED Tests) are designed to measure learning outcomes that are generally acquired through completion of a high school program of study. The GED is a standardized test, meaning that its scoring scale is derived from the performance of a sample of graduating high school seniors. The content on the test is drawn from material used in today’s high schools.
Below is a summary of the five sections of the GED:
My eyes are tired . … . I can’t stay focused.
Take a five minute break every 20 minutes. It is very helpful to relax the mind after serious study. Stand up, stretch and reward yourself after you accomplish learning how to solve a problem, concept, etc.
Everything is “running together” on the page.
Try to divide the page with a half-folded piece of paper.
I can’t get my notes organized.
When the teacher explains how to do a math problem for example, you might want to keep a journal with one example of how to do the problem. Make notations like this:
Subject: Area of a rectangle.
Formula: Length times width (l x w)
Example: What is the area of a rectangular garden
5 feet wide and half that long?
5 x 2.5=12.5 feet
Have trouble taking notes.
Divide the page into two parts by drawing a line down the middle of the page.
Place the subject being studied about on the left side of the page and record key ideas relating to the subject on the right side.
When the topic changes, add the new topic to the left side and continue the process. After class, you will have space to go in and record additional information on the subject.
Have trouble remembering important ideas.
When you have trouble remembering important ideas, create a “jingle” to help you remember. For example, with order of operations you might use:
Please (Do parentheses first)
Excuse (Do exponents next)
My (Multiply next from left to right)
Dear (Divide next from left to right)
Aunt (Add next from left to right)
Sally (Subtract next from left to right)