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Studying as a mature student

Expert guidance from Study Advice at the University of Reading

If you're returning to study as a mature student, you may feel a bit isolated among all the younger students. Actually mature students make up about a third of the total undergraduate population in the UK, so you're in good company. Students returning to study are usually highly motivated, well-organised and used to the kind of independent thinking that's crucial for success at university in the UK. However, they may also lack confidence in their academic skills and abilities, and have commitments and situations outside of university that can impact on their studies.

The Study Advice team are always happy to work with mature students at the University of Reading to develop their practices and negotiate the new (and often baffling) world of university study. Come for an individual advice to chat about your experiences and concerns, or attend our Wednesday afternoon seminars. You will also find our guides and video tutorials helpful.

We also work with the RUSU Mature Students' Officer and the Mature Students' Society on events throughout the year for new and current mature students. Building friendship networks with other students is one of the most effective things you can do to improve your experience at university, so it's worth getting involved.

In this guide, you will find some study tips for students who are returning to study. You can also find out more about what it's like to study as a mature student at Reading and see the answers to some frequently asked questions.