How to juggle work, study and your sanity
Are you struggling to juggle full time or part time work whilst studying online? Let alone squeezing in that coffee with friends, getting enough z’s and fitting in that Pilates class…
For many of you, your weekends will be the only free time available to fit in your study hours. So here are our top tips for cramming the most into your 48-hour weekend.
Create a study calendar at the start of the semester
Take advantage of the fact that as an online student, you hold the golden key to all your assignment due dates. There’s no waiting until first week tutorials to gain this precious information, so why not use your calendar to visually set out dates so that it’s clear when and how much you need to study. After that, you can easily schedule other activities around these key dates. You’ll be way ahead of the class being organised 12 weeks in advance. If you are a current student, you can download one of our Study Planners from the student portal.
Working nine till five each day, on top of driving your kids around, grocery shopping and cooking dinner can leave you a bit strapped for any spare study time (let alone time to rest!). But fear not, all you have to do is get inventive with your study. Utilise all the time you have and fit in that extra hours’ worth of study by catching up on your weekly readings at the hairdresser’s or use flash cards while on the exercise bike (I don’t recommend trying this one on the treadmill).
Keep busy, busy, busy…
Staying busy throughout the weekend is a great way to stay on top of your studies. Splitting your weekend into designated blocks for study, lunch, exercise, socialising and sleep will get you into a routine. Following a strict plan may be hard at first, but once you get the hang of it you’ll become a pro. Defined time blocks create balance and won’t allow time for those unexpected slip ups.