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RIC to offer new course on writing and learning strategies for adult learners

For adults who have been away from the classroom for some time, the thought of returning to college can raise plenty of questions. What does it take to be successful? Can I handle it? What is my first step?

Pamela Mazzuchelli
Pamela Mazzuchelli, a RIC grad and instructor in RIC’s English Department, is well aware of the questions older students may have about the challenges of starting, or restarting, their college careers. She, too, was once an adult learner, an experience she calls “one of the most positive and productive endeavors I have undertaken in my life.”

Mazzuchelli is teaching a new three-credit course at Rhode Island College that deals with issues faced by adult students new to the college experience and provides a template to prepare them for success in higher education.

The class – College Course 150: Workshop in Writing and College Learning Strategies for Adult Learners – will be held on Monday evenings from 5-8 p.m., beginning Jan. 24.

“Going back to school in our 30s, 40s, or 50s can be a scary and uncertain proposition,” said Mazzuchelli. “Rhode Island College is addressing this burgeoning group of learners by offering a workshop tailored to their particular needs and concerns.”

Students taking the workshop course will “learn to negotiate and navigate the college system, which may appear daunting at best,” Mazzuchelli said. “On an emotional level, the workshop will help adult learners realize that their life experiences are positive forces that separate them from traditional students. On a practical level, it will be about writing, brushing up on some skills and learning some new ones, and exposing them to college-level writing requirements.”

Students interested in registering for the class should attend one of the information and advising sessions for new non-degree students on Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Alger Hall, Room 110. At the sessions, students will have the opportunity to meet with academic advisors, learn about applying to RIC and register for classes.

Sessions are available in the morning (10 a.m. to noon) or evening (6-8 p.m.).

To reserve a place at a session, go to www.ric.edu/academics/nondegreeinfosessions.php.