We have all seen too many movies – or perhaps lived what seemed like our own movie – where a college student oversleeps, wakes up two minutes before an 8AM exam, and rushes out the dorm room door to get to class.
Who decided that education can and should only take place in the morning, when – let’s face it – far too few of us are awake and eager to learn.
Have you considered evening classes? This alternative school schedule is quickly becoming the preferred option at a growing number of colleges and universities, particularly those that wish to serve the needs of working adults looking to start or finish their degrees.
In this article we will discuss 6 particular benefits of taking evening classes, and highlight the academic options that Point University offers in its Hybrid program for adult students.
Benefit #1 – Keep working and/or Taking Care of Your Family
You probably could have guessed that this would make the list of benefits of evening classes, but that’s because it is arguably the most important benefit. With evening classes, you can keep your current job, which makes the final decision of going to school much,much easier. If you are the primary caretaker in your home – especially for young children – then an evening class may be perfect for you. Put the baby down to bed for the evening, and a spouse, family member, or friend has an easy babysitting job while you head off to class.
Benefit #2 – You are more fully awake
If you do not consider yourself a “morning person,” then you are already bought into the idea of evening classes. If you need more convincing, consider that a whole host of new research indicates that starting the school day later can be beneficial, particularly for young people. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11148930/Teenagers-to-start-school-at-10am-in-Oxford-University-sleep-experiment.html) But this is not just a good idea for teenagers in high school, as it is well known that it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours for the brain to be fully awake, even after you are out of bed. Furthermore, a short mid-day nap can do a lot to wake you up and give you sustained energy, so if you can catch just 5 to 10 minutes of shut eye before your evening class, you should be all set! https://blog.bufferapp.com/10-surprising-facts-about-how-our-brain-works
Benefit #3 – Evening Classes may make you happier
Want some more science to back up your reasons for taking evening classes? Well here you go:
“Oxford University scientists have confirmed that taking part in the weekly [class] sessions can boost wellbeing — regardless of the subject studied.”
That’s right: not only will you benefit from the subject matter of your class, you may actually be happier just for having taken your evening class!
You should never underestimate the importance of education on your overall well-being. Not only can your education open new doors professionally, it may help you break through other personal barriers, giving your a greater sense of self-confidence to take on even more challenged in your life.
Benefit #4 – Adult Students have more life experience to share
One of the most important sources of learning in a classroom is the social experience with your fellow students. For adults taking evening classes, this is even more important. Taking evening classes with other adults students – those with experience in the working world – can be of tremendous benefit. Education is valuable for its own sake, but is particularly valuable when you have a clear answer to the question, “How can I use this knowledge in my everyday life?” Your fellow students in your evening classes may have life experience that is different from but relevant to your own, and you can benefit from their insight to the lessons your professor is sharing during class time.
Benefit #5 – Your professors may be working professionals
Here’s one of the least-considered potential benefits of taking evening classes: your professors may be working professionals in their fields. Think about it: how could someone working in, say, a corporate environment, ever teach a college class? Well, during the hours of 9AM to 5PM, that would be difficult, if not impossible. But aren’t the women and men with that kind of experience precisely the people that adults students taking evening classes want to learn from? While it is not a guarantee that your professor for an evening class will bring such experience to your classroom, it is certainly much more likely.
Benefit #6 – You will have more time to get your work done.
Ok, time to be honest: you typically finish your reading – or your paper – just before class, right? It’s ok, we’ve all been there. Well, what happens when you have an 8AM class? That’s right: the dreaded “all nighter.” No one needs that. It’s so unhealthy, and the quality of your work is probably going to be lower than usual. How about you try doing your work before your evening class? That seems like a much better way to go about things. The material will be fresh in your mind, and you may in fact find yourself getting more out of your classroom time.
Hopefully this article has given you a lot to consider about taking evening classes.
So what’s your next step? You should take a look at Point University’s Hybrid program for working adult students. Point offers degree programs that address challenges working adults face when returning to the classroom: convenience, flexibility, and value. They offer Associate of Arts and/or Bachelor of Science degrees in the following fields:
- Christian Ministries
- Criminal Justice [online only]
- General Studies
- Human Relations
- Organizational Leadership
- Business Administration
- Child Development
- Social Media Marketing
Best of all, Point has 6 locations across Georgia and Alabama where you can take classes, and also offers most courses in fully-online/hybrid formats for even more flexibility.
For more information about Point University’s Hybrid program for working adults, please visit http://pointedu.wpengine.com/evening/.