Balancing College and Work – Five Easy Strategies

As a college student, it is difficult to find time to balance out your various priorities. To make matters worse, for many students it is the first time they have had to live on their own, which means that they have to pay for their own bills, schooling, and miscellaneous items. This requires many college students to get a job so that they can afford the costs of living on their own, but this can be quite hard. To be able to pay monthly bills with a low-paying job it takes a lot of time and effort at the work place, which takes away from the time a college student can put into studying. Not only that, but when they do have time to study they are typically tired and exhausted. By using these techniques however, you can find both the time and energy to balance out your busy life!

Reduce Expenses

This first step is an easy way for you to cut down on the amount of hours you need to work each month. Look at some of the ways you spend your money and think about how you can eliminate them, or at the very least reduce them. If you are the type of person who eats out every day, try packing a lunch with you to school or work. This will be a lot cheaper than buying fast food every day and is just the first bill you can reduce. Look at your energy and water usage and try to cut back on these as well. Also, look at your cell phone bill. Maybe you do not need so many minutes or such a big data plan.

Plan Classes Accordingly

You may be trying to take on too much at one time; after all you are just one person. Do not try to take a bunch of tough classes all at once just to get them out of the way. Instead, spread your difficult classes out to maybe one or two a quarter, allowing you to take an easy class as well that doesn’t take up as much of your study time.

Create a Plan

Plan on when you are going to need to study for a big test or exam. This will make it so that you do not have to cram at the last minute just to do well on your test. Not only is cramming a horrible way to study, you do not retain the information very well and will forget it immediately after your test. While this may not be such a big deal at the time, when finals roll around you will bomb, which is not the same thing as being “the bomb”. Spread your studying time out a little bit each day. This has proven to be a much more efficient way of studying, as well as reducing stress while studying. It may help to write down your plans so that you stick to them.

Take Your Homework to Work

Taking your homework to work can reduce studying time outside of school and work, as long as you do not allow it to interfere with your job. Whenever you are having a slow day and are not needed at the time, take out your books and study. You can also make use of your lunch time by studying while you eat. It is best to make sure that it is okay with your employer for you to bring studying material to work as losing your job isn’t worth those few extra hours of studying time.

Be Responsible

Many people think that they do not have enough time in their day to get everything done, but that is right after logging off of their game or turning off the television. These activities actually take up a lot more time than many people think and are a common problem among college students. It is the first time that college students don’t have their parents nagging them and they actually have to be responsible for themselves. Set time limits for yourself to make sure that you get plenty of studying time, as well as sleep so that you have energy for the next day.

Marilyn Tate is a writer and city worker earning her masters in public administration to take on a higher paying position.

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