Returning higher education after an absence of over three decades – even when retirement allows me to focus on my studies – demands a gradual approach. Collegiate study skills are muscles, and atrophy after too many years languishing in the workplace. Dive into a college classroom alongside students fresh from a dozen consecutive years of study, and you are going to be outclassed, and possibly overwhelmed.
I’ve decided to start easing back into the pool with lectures, enrichment style, courtesy of the wonderful folks at The Learning Company, who publish a series of university-level courses aimed at geezers like me under The Great Courses brand. I have now been through a good half-dozen of these, just listening, and I can feel the study-muscles starting to twitch. My next step: taking notes. The step after that: scheduling 3 per week. Finally, I’ll be taking notes, doing three per week, and completing the recommended reading.
By that point, I figure I should be ready to go back to the classroom. Hopefully, that will happen sometime this coming year.
But this post was about a coffee mug, one they sent to me recently, perhaps in recognition of the fact that I’ve purchased so many of their courses.