Tips to Help Adult Students Balance Family, Work and School

Education / Saturday, July 7th, 2018

If you are planning or have already signed up to start your college degree, you are probably wondering how to manage your already busy schedule with college. Most adult students have minimal time for themselves, so when they want to go back to college, they have little idea of how to manage their time. Here are a few ideas on how to create a good balance.

1. Be organized from the start
Considering that you haven’t set foot in a classroom in years, there are a few things you should do from the onset in order to have a successful semester. To start with, get comfortable with your online or campus classroom. Inquire from the enrollment counselor how to take a tour through campus so that you familiarize yourself with the various sections within the school.

2. Identify your goals
Having a goal will keep you motivated through the course. A goal can be anything as simple as wanting to finish your degree in a specified time to desiring a particular grade. Whatever your goal is, note it on paper. Have both short-term and long-term goals.

3. Find a support system
Your family is the closet support system you can find. Involve them from the beginning and keep them at par with your goals and achievements. If you have kids, chances are that they have homework too. Why not do the homework together? Doing this will not just make your home more study-friendly, but it will also enhance bonding between family members.

4. Set aside time for yourself
One of the most essential aspects of being a victorious adult student is taking some time for themselves. With everything that’s going on, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and lost in school and life work. Here are a few ideas:
l If you feel overwhelmed, go to the gym or get a massage
l Practice a devotional every day before you start your day
l If you are married, talk to your spouse about your feelings and progress