Congratulations on your decision to return to school! The first time I went back to school, it was after an 8 year break between high school and college. Like you, I was scared out of my mind. On thing that helped me was a program called "Where there is a will, there is an 'A'." Essentially, I learned to treat college like a job, take charge of my learning, and utilize all of the student success tools available (ie: free tutoring / learning clinics / instructor meeting times). The school wants you to succeed and has personnel in place to assist you. See if you can tape record the lectures to assist you in reviewing and supplementing your notes. If you have a lap-top, use it to take notes because the act of typing may assist you in remembering the material. Utilize Math, Science, and English labs to help you. The Library usually gives a tour of resources and how to use them. Experiment with study groups to see if that is a method that works for you, it may be you only need one study partner, and in some cases studying alone is best. Homework and exam preparation may take longer, be ready to carve out the extra time. Make sure your family knows you love them - set time aside to be with them. Make and keep appointments with yourself - you need time to nurture yourself. If you are going to work, it is challenging, but possible and may require a reduced course load. At the age of 43, I retired from the practice of law and entered a practical nursing program to be able to help care for my Dad. In 2010, I decided to pursue an RN, and am now completing the pre-requisites for the nursing program, including retaking or newly taking math and science course because of the time between now and when I last took the courses. There is no singular way to learn material - find what works for you. If you find that life is giving you a curve-ball or you need to give more attention to a specific subject and the study assistance is not enough, don't be afraid to reduce your course load. Wishing you success in your studies!