There are several reasons why mature people may decide to resume their studies. Some of them need to refresh or widen their knowledge for work purposes, while many others start studying what they had always wanted now that they have more spare time. Either way, a significant part of the students in our Spanish school in Madrid are adults who, after years without studying, go back to class to learn Spanish.
When the habit of studying is long gone, it can be difficult to get your brain used to it again. However, as our experience teaching Spanish for adults shows us, it is always possible to return to the classroom with the same vigor as before.
The most important thing is to stay motivated despite the initial fright. Nowadays there seem to be a plethora of new teaching methods and platforms that can make the study process harder, but the truth is that they have not modified the way the learning process works. Regardless of tablets, e-learning portals, digital boards, etc., learning Spanish today is not very different from what it was years ago: it is all a matter of effort and practice.
Another key element to take into account is the way you will introduce your learning routine into your life. Learning Spanish for adults is different from what it is for young students, as there are many family and work responsibilities in the adult life that a person cannot abandon. Before starting the course, get in contact with the Spanish teaching center to get detailed information about their schedules and availability, and about the amount of input and homework you will need to devote to it. This way, you will be better prepared to combine the study of Spanish with your daily duties.
Once you have allotted the slots of time you will need to study, stick to them and never miss one. Structure the contents along the course and set small, measurable targets to keep you motivated. Learning Spanish for adults is similar to any other long-term goal: it is better to make small daily accomplishments than big scattered efforts.
Finally, tell your friends and closest relatives that you have resumed your studies: Their interest and support will be a key element in your success.
So, get rid of your fears and start a Spanish course now. Studying Spanish for adults is as achievable, pleasurable, and fun as it is for younger people!