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In defence of the annoying mature age student | Stephen Owen

Originally posted by: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/02/in-defence-of-the-annoying-mature-age-student

You might think they’re a pain, but the mature-age students I prepare for university are thrilled to receive the intellectual nourishment they thought was reserved for others

Mature-age students are annoying, I know. I understand that when you’re 18 or 19, and already know everything, there’s not much of a reason to do the readings or show up to tutorials having prepared. I also understand that there are these old people in class who should be doing other things – maybe retiring, or dying so they can give their poor kids their overdue inheritance. They are eagerly asking questions (or worse, answering them) and generally being a nuisance.

Related: ‘I was worried that I wouldn’t fit in’ – how can universities better support mature students?

Related: A mature students’ survival guide

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