Time Management for the Working Student
By: School of Investment & Banking (Operational Team)
Studying while managing a career might be a daunting task for some, but for a many, this has become a part of life, as the need for more skilled and diverse employees increases in the 21st century.
We have put together a few tips that can help you weather the storm and come out successful at the end of the academic year. There are many different time management techniques out there but it is wise to stick to what works best for you, while taking into consideration your schedule and available time.
1. Plan in advance: Take time to plan your time well. You might need to set up your plans a day in advance, who you will be meeting, when and for how long. Try to follow your plan as closely as possible, as this this will eliminate any other work tasks falling over to your study time
2. Create a schedule: It is important that you create schedule for your study time, when you will be studying for how long and at what frequency. Always schedule when your important due dates are on your calendar setting up adequate time to meet those deadlines in time. Set up reminders for due dates of assignments and online tests as well as exams or other assessments or activities. It helps to have a visual reminder like a big calendar that you can put on your desk on hang up on your wall.
3. Discipline: As a full-time working student you will need to be able to say NO. While you are studying you unfortunately have to try and have little to no distractions (digital mostly) this will allow for full concentration on the tasks at hand.
4. Prioritise: You have to prioritize your tasks from most important to least important. This will help in ensuring that you don’t spend too much time on menial tasks. It will also ensure you don’t spend more time on tasks which could easily be moved to the next day or postponed.
5. Get enough sleep: An average adult needs between 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Make sure your schedule is structured in such a way that you will receive good quality sleep on a regular basis. This will ensure that you are well rested and ready to tackle the days’ tasks. There are plenty more health benefits to getting enough sleep, like improving your mood, helping you to think more clearly and reducing stress.
6. Do not procrastinate: By getting yourself organized and planning in advance you should be able to avoid procrastinating. It helps to stick to your study plan and if it does happen that you fall behind with your study plan, Milpark has support available to help you stick to it. Make contact with Milpark as we do have a counselor and a tutor forum to assist students.
7. Put the gadgets away: While studying more especially for the exams it helps to put away the gadgets. You can do this by temporarily deleting all the social networks applications or blocking all notifications. Remember this is for your own benefit.
We hope these tips will help you to complete your studies and be a successful student.
13 Jul 2020