Most adult students have little to no extra time for themselves, but they want the accomplishment of getting their undergraduate or graduate degree. After all, it will not only help further your career, but it can also provide for your family in the long run. Whether you’re getting your degree online or on campus, there are many ways to create a balance in order to have a successful semester.
Get organized from the start.
If you haven’t stepped foot in a classroom for years, there are a few things you need to do from the start of classes to prepare for a successful semester. First, get comfortable with the campus or your online classroom. Ask your enrollment counselor how to take a tour if you’re taking classes on an online campus format.
Schedule out your semester.
Once you begin a course, print out your syllabus and semester schedule. Write down important dates such as when assignments and exams are due. You’ll want to plan ahead for these, especially if you have children and have to work around their schedules. Speaking of schedules, if your family has weekly activities that you need to work around, make sure to put your school schedule with your family so that everyone is on the same page. Finally, know what’s expected of you. Some courses require weekly discussion involvement, so be sure you know everything you need to do in order to succeed.
Recognize your goals
If you’re looking to work toward your degree in a certain amount of time, or if you want to continue your education after you receive your undergraduate degree, write it down! Working toward a goal or multiple goals will help keep you on track. The homework, exams and balancing your schedule will all be worth it, especially when you know when you’ll complete it all.
It may be tempting to pack your schedule to the gills, trusting that you’ll figure it out along the way somehow. But being realistic from the start helps keep stress levels low and avoid disappointments. If you need an hour to get something done, plan an hour into your schedule — not 30 minutes.
Involve your family
Involving your family in your education is important for being able to balance your family, work and school life. If you have children, chances are that they have homework. Why not do your homework together? Have your kids bring their homework to the table, and you can work on yours at the same time. Having both of you do your homework at the same time will let you keep an eye on them, while also getting to spend time together.
Have a Family Night
Put your heads together and designate a family night where the only criteria is that you get together and have fun. Think pizza, board games, a favorite TV show, fun crafts or going for a bike ride. There are only two rules: Everybody’s there, and no work or school work allowed during that time.
Take some time for yourself
One of the most important keys to being a successful adult student is making sure you have time to yourself. With so much on your plate, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some tips.
- Do a daily devotional before you start your busy day.
- If you’re feeling overwhelmed, get a massage or go to the gym. Your health is important!
- If you’re married, communicate with your spouse. Make sure they know that this is important to you and that you need some time to excel!
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