Published on January 14th, 2013 | by Guest Author6
How to Manage Part-Time Study with a Full-Time Job
Going back to school as an adult is something that many people opt to do. In some cases, further study is necessary in order to achieve skills that were not gained at school originally. You might also choose to study for more advanced qualifications to help your career progress. In other cases, it might be necessary to gain additional skills for a change of career — or you might decide to take a few courses because you enjoy learning. Whatever the reason, part-time study requires excellent time management skills if you are to achieve success in your chosen course.
I Don’t Have Time to Study
Adult life is hectic enough without trying to fit in extra study time. We might have a family to support, a full-time job, and a million other commitments to fit into our day, which makes the notion of studying stressful. It would be ideal to take time out to study, but the reality is somewhat different and in most cases, study has to be a part-time occupation.
Time Management Skills Are Key
The only way to fit in part-time study if you have a family and/or a full-time job is to manage your time to the last second. Failure to do this will mean you don’t spend enough time on the most important tasks and waste time doing inessential ones that would be better delegated to others.
How Much Study Time Will I Need?
Every course is different, so before you sign up for a further education course, make sure you understand the time commitment required to fulfill your studies. Some courses are not very demanding, and one or two hours per week will be enough. However, higher qualifications, such as a master’s degree, will almost mean that you need to spend several hours per week studying and preparing coursework. Before you begin any course, make sure you are certain you can find the time to study around your other commitments.
Plan Your Week
It is important to set aside a block of time for study, so draw up a timetable for your week and pencil in everything that you have to do, including work, appointments and other commitments. This should help you see where there is potential to spend an hour or two studying. If time is short, try and work out where you can make time savings — even if it means asking others to take on tasks that you normally do.
Make Time to Relax
No matter how busy you are with work and study, always make time for rest and relaxation, even if it is just one evening per week doing something you enjoy. Time spent recharging your batteries and relaxing is just as important as everything else in your life. Unless you make it a priority, you will eventually crash and burn out.
About the Author: Martha started her online masters degree in nursing last year and although it is difficult to fit hours of studying into her life, she doesn’t regret the decision. She is also considering signing up for a masters social work online course when she has finished her degree.