When it comes to school, students have tests, papers, and activities. Some students have late night studying, early morning classes, and now they have to add a job into the mix. Managing the demands of school and work can be overwhelming, not to mention stressful and exhausting. But it is possible to do.
Here are a few tips to help students balance school and work life.
Have students get their priorities in order, so they don’t overcommit. Let them know that school commitments must come first especially to maintain a certain GPA. They should keep a calendar of classes and due dates for all assignments then schedule their work schedule around it. Make sure they leave time for studying and sleep! Students should not burn the candle at both ends and expect to do good in school or work. That’s why it’s called balance.
Students need to do as much prep work as possible in advance. If they know when assignments are due, they can knock out some of the work ahead of time when possible. They can also use this time to prepare for the week ahead by prepping meals and taking care of other things that may require time or attention. Saving five or ten minutes here or there throughout the day adds up and could be time spent on homework.
Students need to create an organized study space/environment. Part of balancing school and work is being organized and disciplined. Make sure they commit time to schoolwork and stick to it. Eliminate distractions and set a timer.
Students must make time for themselves. They must leave time for relaxation and self-care. If students are stressed and burned out then every area of their life will be affected. Have them dedicate time to decompress and rejuvenate. This can include working out, hanging with family and friends, or doing absolutely nothing.
Attending school while having a job can be challenging, but it is doable and can be rewarding. With a little bit of organization, discipline, and time management, students will be able to balance school and work.