Every generation behaves differently. Some learn faster, especially those who first grew up with the Internet.
You don’t need to look far for successful examples of people in their 30s.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook and the 11th wealthiest person in the US, is also a millennial.
They’re just two examples of a generation set to be the most educated.
Plan to join them? If you’re a millennial and plan to pursue your a master’s degree or PhD, it can feel scary returning to uni.
But it’s not impossible — and with the right approach, you can learn faster than you did during your undergrad.
First, though, let’s take a look at who is a millennial:
Who is a millennial?
Anyone born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 27 to 42 in 2023) is considered a millennial, according to the Pew Research Centre.
This means they would have experienced many world-changing events, which shaped their perspective.
Take, for example, the 9/11 terrorist attack that shook America. Many millennials were old enough to understand the historical significance of that moment.
Less devastating but still as consequential is the Internet. If you grew up using the Internet, whether in your late childhood or early teens, you’re a millennial.
Best ways to learn faster if you are a millennial
Work in a team
One study showed that millennials are team-orientated as it increases their chances of success when working on a specific project.
Working alone comes with a greater risk of personal failure — something that shakes the confidence of millennials and makes them avoid.
They like being hands-on too.
Research suggests that “less lecture, use of multimedia, and collaborating with peers” are some techniques to cater to the short attention span of a millennial.
Did you know how to exclude a term before searching for something on Google? Or perhaps you already bookmarked the best sources to upskill yourself?
You sound pretty skilled in using technology. So, why not put those skills to use at uni?
Not interested in YouTube, TikTok and Instagram? Don’t force yourself to be on it just because your younger peers are. You use the tech you like best.
Listen to your parents and professors
Millennials are extremely relational, says Christy Price, a psychology professor at Dalton State College.
You know this if you love having your parents showing great interest in your life. Or when your professor does the same.
The psychology professor also states that millennials are more willing to pursue learning outcomes when instructors connect with them on a personal level.
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Price’s finding echoes the sentiments of another study which shows that millennials have an “unusually strong” relationship with their parents.
They act as role models and provide advice for their children as they go to college.