Infographic: Anatomy of a Highly Successful Non-Traditional Student

 Anatomy of a Highly Successful Non-Traditional Student infographic

Anatomy of a Highly Successful Non-Traditional Student Infographic

Timing may never seem perfect when it comes to enrolling in school, but by adapting habits of successful students, you can achieve your goals. The Anatomy of a Highly Successful Non-Traditional Student Infographic shows how important it is to prioritize things, multitask, seek support, be disciplined and sleep regularly.

1. Prioritize

  • Now is better than later. Procrastination is poison to prioritizing.
  • Make a game plan and stick to it.
  • Be flexible. Work ahead and avoid spreading yourself too thin.

2. Multitask

  • Use calendars and create lists to maximize time and plan ahead (ex. bring school work to appointments so you can catch up on reading while you wait).‘
  • Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when you cross an item off your to-do list.
  • Employers value employees who handle multiple priorities successfully.

3. Seek Support

  • Recognize when you feel overwhelmed and talk to family, friends, professors, advisors, coworkers.
  • Relieve stress at the gym.

4. Be Disciplined

  • You are your own disciplinarian.
  • Maturity is key; remember your priorities and keep the right mindset.
  • Be on-time and hold yourself accountable.

5. Schedule Sleep

  • When balancing work, life and school, it is important to make sleep a priority.
  • Everyone gets more done in forty well-rested hours than sixty bleary-eyed ones.

Surprise: Camaraderie is present in online settings. Many non-traditional students interact with peers regularly to discuss classes, do group work and share tips.”


Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, heads runs an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.

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