If you have a busy schedule, you may find it impossible to study for your college courses. Working in a study break may be impossible, but it is something you have to do if you want to get through college. Time management always becomes an issue in the midst of chaos, but it is something that you can learn to work around with the right motivation. Before you give up on school altogether, you may just want to learn how to squeeze in your studies where you can. The tips below should help you do just that.
Take Online Courses
Online classes usually have really flexible schedules, so you can study for them when you actually have the time. That does not mean that you can push all of your class work to the end of the week. It just means that you can make time for class whenever you don’t have to work or go to some sort of event. My husband and I work online, so we are actually able to schedule both our jobs and our class work around whatever else is going on in our lives. This is a great setup and one that you should really look into in the future.
Study before Bed
If you take 10 or 20 minutes a night to study for your classes, you will have a much easier time remembering information when you need to take a test or do an assignment. Your mind remembers information a lot better when you sleep because it does not have any distractions. It can just process whatever you read and retain it for use in the future. It is a lot easier to study in short spurts like this than it is to study over long periods of time. Just about everyone can sacrifice 20 minutes before bed. Get in the habit of studying before you go to sleep, and you should find yourself in a much better place come test day.
Study in Chunks
Try to break your studies into small chunks of information. Then you can work in each chunk whenever you get the chance. For instance, you may break up a chapter by page or by subheadings. You may break up a set of vocab words in sets of 10. If you just focus on chunks of information, you will have an easier time retaining what you read because you won’t have to digest as much. It is the same theory as memorizing one phone number at a time, not the phone book. See what I mean? Chunking information makes memorization a lot easier, so give it a try and see what you think.
Having a busy schedule can be a struggle sometimes, but it is something that you will eventually learn to deal with. My husband and I have balanced school, marriage, and business ownership at the same time before, and we’re still alive to talk about it. The key to this whole process is to know what time frame you have to work with and then do whatever it takes to use that effectively. If you can work efficiently and study efficiently, you will be set for life.
PS: I find that making a schedule early on in the week allows me to stay on track a lot easier. Try to make a study plan as soon as possible so you can get a lot done with a busy schedule.