Donald J Snodgrass


  • Determine if your college or university offers scholarships for senior learners.  For example, the University of Southern Mississippi where Don enrolled in grad school,  offers the "Senior Scholarship" which provides for tuition-free attendance for students over the age of 65.  Check with your college or university to determine if they offer something similar.

  • Senior Scholarship do not cover the cost of textbooks.   As many are expensive, you may want to consider purchasing them online.   Amazon Prime Books is an excellent source.  Look for the "used" books option in order to save.  
  • Grad school requires considerable writing.  Spell checkers have limited usefulness. There is a much better software tool called "Grammarly", a Microsoft Word extension.  Click to learn more.
  • Another great software tool for writers is called "Perrla" which is a Microsoft Word add-in to manage citations.   Click to learn more.

  • Google search didn't yet exist for most senior learners when they were undergrads.  Fortunately, it does now.  Use it often and wisely (legitimate sources only) for your research/writing tasks.   For an added bonus, check out "Google Scholar" at

  •  Many grad school students take lecture notes on a laptop.  This may be acceptable for younger learners but can easily become a distraction for the rest of us.  Notebook notes augmented by copies of the professors lecture notes/slides (when available) work best.

  • Good news!  Many grad school lectures are conducted in a seminar fashion.   Your professor and fellow students will welcome your perspective.  Indeed, this is a big plus, especially for senior learners. 

  • Make it a point to complete class assignments well ahead of the due date.  

  • You can expect to conduct considerable research.  Learn to use online resources including  "library guides" for your college or university. 


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