I think I can safely say that Pinterest is a phenomenon. It’s a treasure trove of lifehacks, inspiring quotes, recipes, hilarious animal pictures, and other things you didn’t know were necessary in life. It can even help adult learners stay motivated with quotes and speeches, be the first to know about helpful homework tips, and create an oh-so-soothing studying space. Here are the 20 Pinterest boards you should be following.
Studying is a daunting task, especially if you’ve been out of school for a few (ahem) years. This board contains study guide how-to’s, scientifically-backed research on effective study habits, and even inspiration for rewards, like finishing a paragraph of reading and eating a gummy bear. See, studying can be fun.
If you’re on the fence about returning to school, it might help to look back at a university’s prestigious history and think about the hallowed halls that you might one day be walking through. The pictures of star athletes, parades, and vintage football programs might put you in that college mood.
Even if you’re not currently in school, who doesn’t need a board of stress relievers? Find your happy place through pictures of adorable animals, yoga moves, and even a picture of Ryan Gosling here and there.
People often talk about “work/life balance.” Well, what happens when that becomes “work/life/school balance”? Organization has never been more important in your life, and this board has tons of tips to perfect your on-top-of-things game. “The Best Apps for Organization” and the “7 Things Highly Productive People Do” pins are especially helpful. Discover methods to gain precious minutes back in your day, overhaul your daily habits, and more.
Maybe it’s because this board is called “Adult Back to School-in’” (which entertains me) but I find all of the articles and infographics on this board to be practical and helpful. The pins cover mobile learning for on the go, to how to nail a job interview and how to improve your grades.
Although there are several aspects of adult learning that aren’t so fun – studying for the GRE, working on a team project, commuting to school – one thing that’s still fun is picking out school supplies. David Bromstad, winner of the debut season of HGTV Design Star, believes that making things personal and colorful is important for students going back to school. “Colors impact our moods in many ways. Blues, greens, and reds are great colors to use in your study-spaces. Each of these colors impacts our minds in different ways.” He added, “Make your space comfortable, cozy (but not so cozy that you will want to sleep) and functional. Purchase all of the items that you need to make this space a productive space.”
It’s OK to admit that there are some days when you feel like there’s no gas left in the tank. Graduation is months, maybe even years, away and you contemplate giving up because it’s just too hard. Before you throw in the towel, read some motivation quotes on this board from the likes of Meryl Streep, William Shakespeare, and Elizabeth Gilbert.
The pins on this board look friendly and accessible so don’t be fooled by the fancy “academia” word in there. Read about a student’s test prep routine, how to make better to-do lists, and even the best digital radio stations for studying. Create a tranquil environment with the “Zen Garden” station, or if you need a little pick-me-up, try the “Jazz Radio” station.
Graduation day may still be far off, but it doesn’t hurt to dream in the meantime. TED-Ed (the educational section of TED Talks), has a board full of inspiring commencement speeches delivered by people like Steve Jobs, Condoleezza Rice, and J.K. Rowling, who in her speech said, “As you stand on the threshold of what is sometimes called ‘real life,’ I want to extol the crucial importance of imagination.”
Presumably, you don’t live in a dorm room, but that doesn’t mean you can’t DIY up your home study space. Creating an organized, inspiring space sets the scene for effective studying. Look through this board for school supplies ideas like a cord bundler, fruit-shaped corkboards, and washi tape-covered pencils.
As an adult learner, it can be nearly impossible to find that perfect, quiet place to study. Sometimes you have to hunker down in a freezing-cold library or just deal with the chaos at home. It might inspire you to keep looking after you see the gorgeous images of people studying in grassy parks, beaches, and a dream library. Dr. Betty Vandenbosch, Kaplan University Provost, believes that an adult learner should establish a studying spot. “It is important for a student to have her own study space. The physical environment has a large impact on your emotional state. Having a specific space to go to gives you a sense of what happens there, or should happen there, and gives you the opportunity to quickly move into ‘study mode.’”
Final exams can take a toll on even the hardiest of souls. They make you question everything – your smarts, your decisions, your sanity – but what you’ll eventually have to show for it will be a diploma in your hand. Don’t lose heart. Instead, look at this awesome Final Exam Encouragement board, filled with “You’re awesome” quotes, humorous observations on the exam process, and pictures of dogs sleeping on stacks of books.
If you’re an infographic nerd like myself, you’re going to love this board. Get your geek on and study stats on college admissions, non-tuition costs of education, and study habits of online students.
Adult learning is a hot topic in the news nowadays, and this board pins key articles on the topic. Read about an 85-year-old who graduated from college, things you should know before returning to school, and how to budget for higher education as an adult.
Even if you’re not pursuing a traditionally creative major like art or photography, creativity is a requirement of all students. It comes in handy from marathon brainstorming sessions to re-organizing your schedule to take your daughter to dance class. Heather Carson, the creator of the board and a designer and wellness expert, said, “For adults going back to school, there are more problems to solve compared to the younger student. Most of the time, there are family life or work constraints that need to adapt to fit in studies. Thinking creatively can help overcome these challenges.”
16. “Balance” – Dor@
Going back to school can feel a lot like walking on a tightrope. A little wobbly at times, and you’re always trying to find your balance. If things feel out of whack, take a look at this peaceful pinboard, featuring images of ballerinas, yogis, and stacks of catawampus rocks.
You know what’s fun to think about? The theme of your graduation party! You’ve worked hard, so by then, it’ll be time to live it up with an amazing soiree. This board has more than 200 ideas for graduation parties with an adult slant. The champagne table sounds like a most excellent idea.
When the going gets tough, remember that plenty of other people have gone through rough times, too. And some of those people go on to become fabulous successes like Abraham Lincoln, Malala Yousafzai, Thomas Edison, Maya Angelou, and more. Channel their perseverance and stick with it.
Even when class assignments seem daunting, scary, or impossible, it really can help to find the humor in the situation. Going back to college can be intimidating, and this board finds the humor in college life. I nearly spit out of my coffee when I saw the meme of “How I Felt in High School” (a picture of Albert Einstein) and “How I Feel in College (a picture of a befuddled llama).
In the middle of your university program, the finish line might be a far-off dot in the distance and it can be difficult to imagine the success you’ll one day be. This board is filled with observations about success. The board’s creator, Shannon K. Steffan, a digital marketing strategist and branding consultant, said, “The ‘Success’ board is perfect for adult learners as they take that first step to their new lives and careers. The board is a motivating factor to help them grab hold of their education and use it to change their lives.”