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Work/School Balance

Work/School Balance

Many college students have jobs. Working is a great way for students to develop skills and experience needed for the real world.

Here are few tips on finding a job in college and maintaining a balance with your studies.

  • Look for a job on campus.
    • Search online job boards, check out the career center or look on bulletin boards throughout campus.
    • Apply for on-campus jobs early – they get filled FAST!
    • On campus, jobs will be the most flexible with your class schedule because the schools are aware that you’re a student first.

  • Look for a local company with flexible hours.
    • Try to work a maximum of 15-20 hours per week. You’re going to be in class approximately 12 hours per week, and you need to allow an additional 3-4 hours of study time each week per class.

  • Plan a schedule that works for you.
    • If you have an 8 am class, and you know that you need at least 8 hours of sleep to function, don’t work a shift that requires you to stay until midnight. Talk to your supervisor if you have concerns about your work schedule, especially if it starts to interfere with your classes.

  • Get some studying done!
    • If allowed and your job has down time, use the idle time efficiently to accomplish simple tasks like reading or studying done.

  • Be sure to schedule time for a social life.
    • Balance is necessary for all areas of your life; it helps to reduce stress and unwind, making working and studying much more efficient when you are refreshed mentally and physically. 
    • Use a calendar to keep track of your schedule. Fill in all your work schedule, classes, and all other activities at the designated times and try to stick to your schedule as much as possible, allowing for adjustments as needed.

  • Build your savings!
    • One of the cardinal rules of earning an income is that you should be paying yourself first. Set aside a certain percentage of your paycheck for savings, then allow the rest of your money for your other expenses (rent, car, gas, insurance, cell phone, food, clothing, school supplies, etc.).
    • Living off a budget now will help tremendously once you have your first job post-graduation.

We would love to hear what you do to find a balance between academics, work, and play!

Developing & Maintaining Good Study Habits

Developing & Maintaining Good Study Habits

Good study habits are essential for college success. It’s expected, that by the time you reach college, you will know how to budget your time and study effectively. The best time to develop and perfect your study skills is through middle and high school. Establishing a routine will ensure all assignments and projects are complete and that you do well on exams.

Having an after school routine will guarantee that your homework gets done in a timely fashion. Often, students put off homework until right before bed, then find that they’re either too tired to complete everything assigned. When you get home from school, it’s ok to take 20-30 minutes to unwind from the school day, grab a quick snack, and get yourself organized to begin your homework. Here are 5 tips for developing good study habits:

  1. Use a planner, calendar, or app such as myHomework to record all of your assignments. For longer term assignments, break them down into smaller, more manageable parts, create your own due dates for each section leading up to the final project due date.
  2. Do your homework as soon as you get home from school or no longer than 30 minutes after you get home. This will give you more time in case a particular assignment takes you longer than you expected and keep momentum going.
  3. Make sure your basic needs are met to help you focus. Hungry? Grab a snack! Anxious? Try listening to some music or doing yoga/meditation. Tired? Take a short nap – 30 minutes max!
  4. Budget an allotted amount of time for each subject, adjust the time if needed. For example, if you budget 15 minutes for math but you find that it always takes you 45 minutes, perhaps determining why there is a discrepancy in time budgeted versus actual may be something to look at. Are you distracted? Did you underestimated your the time needed? Do you understand the work that you need to complete? Be sure to schedule breaks if you know you’ll be working for longer than usual.
  5. Minimize distractions. Study in a quiet place and put your phone away or turn it off if you are tempted to check when you here the alerts. If you must have your phone, block your notifications and only allow yourself to use only the apps that help you study!

Here is a list of useful organization and studying applications.

 

Study Skills

As we head into the school year, we want to emphasize the importance of good study skills and  habits.  This article from http://www.educationcorner.com/habits-of-successful-students.html  has great advice.

 

10 Habits of High Effective Students

Some people believe that really successful students are just born that way. True, some students are able to breeze through school with little or no effort. However, the vast majority of successful students achieve their success by developing and applying effective study habits. The following are the top 10 study habits employed by highly successful students. So if you want to become a successful student, don’t get discouraged, don’t give up, just work to develop each of the study habits below and you’re see your grades go up, your knowledge increase and your ability to learn and assimilate information improve.

1. Don’t try cram all your studying into one session.

Successful students typically space their work out over shorter periods of time and rarely try to cram all of their studying into just one or two sessions. If you want to become a successful student then you need to learn to be consistent in your studies and to have regular, yet shorter, study periods.

2. Plan when you’re going to study.

Successful students schedule specific times throughout the week when they are going to complete their studying — and then they stick with their schedule. Students who study sporadically and whimsically typically do not perform as well as students who have a set study schedule.

3. Study at the same time.

Not only is it important that you plan when you’re going to study but that you also create a consistent, daily study routine. When you study at the same time each day and each week your studying will become a regular part of your life. You’ll be mentally and emotionally more prepared for each study session and each study session will become more productive.

4. Each study time should have a specific goal.

Simply studying without direction is not effective. You need to know exactly what you need to accomplish during each study session. Before you start studying set a study session goal that supports your overall academic goal (i.e. memorize 30 vocabulary words in order to ace the vocabulary section on an upcoming Spanish test.)

5. Never procrastinate your planned study session.

It’s very easy, and common, to put off your study session because of lack of interest in the subject, because you have other things you need to get done first or just because the assignment is hard. Successful students DO NOT procrastinate studying. If you procrastinate your study session, your studying will become much less effective and you may get everything accomplished that you need to. Procrastination also leads to rushing, and rushing is the number one cause of errors.

6. Start with the most difficult subject first.

As your most difficult assignment or subject will require the most effort and mental energy you should start with it first. Once you’ve completed the most difficult work it will be much easy to complete the rest of your work. Believe it or not, starting with the most difficult work will greatly improve the effectiveness of your study sessions and your academic performance.

7. Always review your notes before starting an assignment.

Obviously, before you can review your notes you must first have notes. Always make sure to take good notes in class. Before you start each study session and before you start a particular assignment review your notes thoroughly to make sure you know how to complete the assignment correctly.

8. Make sure you’re not disturbed whiles you’re studying

When you’re disturbed while you’re studying you (1) loose your train of thought and (2) you get distracted — both of which will lead to very ineffective studying. Before you start studying find a place where you won’t be disturbed.

9. Use study groups effectively

Ever heard the phrase “two heads are better than one”? Well this can be especially true when it comes to studying. Working in groups enables you to (1) get help from other students when you’re struggling to understand a concept, (2) complete assignments more quickly, and (3) teach others whereby helping both the other student and yourself to internalize the subject matter. However, study groups can become very ineffective if they’re not structured and if groups members come unprepared. Effective students use study groups effectively.

10. Review your notes, schoolwork and other class materials over the weekend.

Successful students review what they’ve learned during the week over the weekend. This way they’re well prepared to continue learning new concepts at the beginning of each week that build upon previous coursework and knowledge acquired the previous week.

We’re confident that if you’ll develop the habits outlined above that you’ll see a major improvement in your academic success.