Tips to Studying Part Time

March 9th, 2015 by Pearson

Whether you’re working to pay the bills or you don’t do well in a classroom environment, being disciplined to study on your own is a tough gig. Finding the time to balance your course work with additional responsibilities can be tricky, but once you get into the swing of things, it becomes a breeze. With these handy tips, you could take complete control over your own productivity.

#1. Establish a routine
Having a regular work schedule can help you stay motivated to complete your tasks. For example, after waking up and showering, you could create a set time at which you sit down to study. But don’t forget to save a few minutes for a break as well. Fortunately, you can tailor this routine to fit in with your other commitments, such as your job.

#2. Know your ‘alert time’
When you’re planning your routine, ensure that it’s realistic and comfortably suits your lifestyle. If you’re a night owl, you can structure it in a way that lets you do the majority of your reading in the evening. You can simply do the opposite if you’re a morning bird.

#3. Have a study area
Your office or work station needs to be accommodating and have zero distractions. You have to be able to focus on your tasks at hand when you’re there. In addition to keeping it clean, you could also make sure that it has:
• Good lighting
• A desk and comfortable chair
• Enough space to work on
• An internet connection (if required)

#4. Foster an excellent work ethic
Even though you’re working from home, maintaining a dedicated and focused work ethic won’t go unnoticed by your facilitators. Handing in your assignments on time, participating in online forums and regularly upskilling yourself are just a few things that you can do to ensure your own success. The key is to be as productive as possible during the hours you have available.

#5. Stick to your allocated times
As easy as it is to push aside your studies, you could similarly over-work yourself. You need to be honest and disciplined about your time. In other works, have ‘an end to your day’ be part of your routine. This means shutting down your laptop, moving away from your desk or throwing your pen to the ground – anything that tells your brain to switch off.

You need to be extremely disciplined to study on your own, but perseverance is the key. Accommodate your needs and responsibilities while maintaining your grades, and in no time at all, success should become second nature to you! Good luck!