First, the simple truth is that in most cases the older students are more motivated than young students. More likely that older students are footing the bill so values their education for that reason and want to make sure that they get the most from their investment. In addition, older students also experience the world of work without a degree and so are highly motivated to get financial gains and professional education. This motivation is what older students through their college throws challenges - challenges that might derail a young, inexperienced, student. In addition, non-traditional students usually have to learn lessons the hard life that has a good attitude is half the battle.
Secondly, nontraditional students usually know more about time management than traditional students. Most nontraditional students are balancing work, school, and family so they are very efficient and effective managers of their time. Older students are also more effectively prioritize their commitment to various life experiences of their larger. I see so much more-younger students, more traditional classroom and get in trouble with their own tasks and observe in many cases the problem is one of simple time management and priorities.
Finally, the larger and more diverse your life experiences, the more you know. It is really quite simple. If you have worked, raised a family, and serving your community then you know more than most teenagers about some things. It only makes sense. While the young students may have the advantage of a certain knowledge of scientific principles or rules of mathematics as well as newer practice in writing and learning. Student’s children know more about the people and interpersonal dynamics, their own strengths and weaknesses, and the events of history and current events.
This is not universal truths. Obviously there younger students, more traditional, mature enough to be time well-motivated and a good manager. Equally there are older students who are not motivated and not a bit about time management. Similarly, some of the older students have led a sheltered life and some of the younger students have led a life of variety and challenge. As a rule, however, I can quite confidently assert that many nontraditional students may find these three forces - the motivation, time management, and life experience - can help them outperform their peers in more traditional college classroom. If your age is all that is holding you back from pursuing your degree then remember that age offers advantages as well as drawbacks.