Tips To Balance School And Work
Most people who work a full-time job while attending school strive to find balance in their lives. Both are big commitments, but with a little focus and planning, you can manage both. Here are a few tips to help navigate school and work.
1. Tap Your Support Network
Your support network is made up of the people who are in a position to help you get your education. Your support network might include your family, friends, significant other, children, and your fellow students. A group of students that enter a program together are called a cohort. Often, these students will follow a similar education track and complete the program around the same time. Your cohort might have a mixture of traditional and adult students, but it’s ok to seek out those who are balancing work and school, just like you. Your family may be able to offer support at home by maybe taking on more domestic tasks, but your cohort at school can offer support in the form of resources and empathy as they’re going through the same experience that you are. Build your support network to include as many people as you can, and don’t be afraid to ask for help and support when you need it.
2. Manage Your Time Well
When you’re looking for balance, one of the biggest questions you’ll want to answer is how much time you can devote to what tasks. One of the most important aspects of time management is knowing yourself and scheduling time to study at your most efficient work hours. This might mean staying up later than normal or getting up early on the weekends to get in your study time. Prioritize your to-do list, and honestly scheduling the time necessary for each task at the best time of the day. Consider creating a weekly and monthly schedule. A weekly schedule will focus on the details of how you spend your time and a monthly schedule will be broader, letting you plan ahead for weeks that might be busier than others. We’ve also put together a list of study tips (Link) to help you use the time you have efficiently.
Streamline Your Tasks
If you have to do a project for school, can you make it about something at work so that you’re working on both at the same time? Maybe you can implement new skills that you learn at school while at work. Instead of keeping your work and school lives separate, let them integrate and make your time use more efficient. You might also consider doing homework on your lunch break or keep your school materials in your car so you can go directly from work to the library to study.
Optimize Your Tuition
There are many options for aid when paying for school. When applying and choosing your school, look for a school that gives you the most benefit for each dollar you will spend. No one is recommending that you choose the cheapest school, nor the most expensive schools are the best schools. What you want to look for is a school that will give you the biggest benefit for the money that you will spend. Contact the Allen School of Health Sciences to Learn more. www.allenschool.edu
Love What You’re Studying
One of the easiest ways to find the time to balance work and school is to choose to study something that you love. If you love your classes, the homework, and your new area of study, then you’ll be more motivated to put in the necessary time and prioritize your school work over distractions. You might be surprised just how motivated you can be by doing something that you love. Are you thinking about a new career? If so, contact the Allen School today! We are enrolling now for our summer classes and cannot wait for you to become part of the Allen School family. Visit www.allenschool.edu to learn more.