The majority of Higher Education Institutions have Mature Student Officers to support mature students within the college or to provide assistance to adults considering returning to education in their respective college. If a college does not have a Mature Student Officer, the Access Officer should be able to answer any questions you might have, regarding the support services available.
Mature Student Officers can offer courses to assist students with the sometimes challenging transition to third level education. These courses introduce the necessary academic skills required for first year students and also provides practical advice e.g. familiarising students with the third level campus and meeting fellow mature students.
Workshops may also be provided on topics ranging from writing skills, the transition to third level, study skills, note taking, science/laboratory skills, learning styles, using the library, financial supports and an introduction to clubs and societies. Some colleges may also cover topics such as managing change, ‘understanding yourself as an adult learner’, adapting to student life and managing stress.