I am in my mid 40s and have not really studied since my PGCE over 20 years ago. I would love to take on a university course next year which my employer have offered to fund. It is a one off opportunity and the subject matter is something I feel passionate about - but I don't know if my brain can do what it used to do! Seriously, when I was a student in the past I only had myself to consider. I didn't have to teach a class of 4 year olds, look after my own family and keep my home semi decent! I thought that essay deadlines were a thing of the past!!! Advise please from anyone who has returned to study after so long. How did you blow the cobwebs off a rusty brain?
I left the cobwebs to "grow" round the house! Something had to give - and its the tidyness of the house. My brain has slowly come back to me, and I'm enjoying studying, but its bloody knackering sometimes when you have kids to look after too!
It is hard work, but if you enjoy the topic, then it is worthwhile and can be done. I work 0.6 as a teacher, have two children (5 and 2), and have all the usual stuff to manage... but it can be done. I'm currently doing a second MA, and am able to fit most of my study into school holidays (evenings), with one evening a week study. I need to be organised, but it is manageable and I enjoy studying. I love stretching my brain... particularly when I can use it for my job.