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How to combine school and work in the University

Combining the pressure of early morning lectures, reading and studying so hard, social life, work, etc could be so tiring and could leave University students with a brain that “overheats” so often. This is not uncommon as a survey taken in 2011 in the US showed that at least one in every five undergraduates worked to make ends meet combining school and work.

Many students in University find themselves working at times two jobs while in school in order to sustain themselves. This alone can cause so much pressure and cause stress for the student. Issues like these are meant to be discussed with family and friends to get all the support and advice needed. Without much ado, let us see a few ways by which a student can manage his/her time effectively while working and schooling:

  • HAVE A CALENDAR: Creating a calendar enables students visualize and accomplish their short term goals and objectives. Many a times, it is advisable that a student marks and writes on his/her calendar to make specific notes, pinpoint objectives and aim at achieving them. Having a week or a month’s objectives on a calendar would set the student on top on his/her work, help reduce workload and cramming during big projects and examinations period and it also makes planning of time more effective rather than having the plans memorized and stand the chance of forgetting them.

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  • REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF PRIORTIZATION: The earlier a student realizes this, the better. As we all know, every human has only 24 hours in each day to fit all their activities and plans into. At times, these activities might not be achievable within 24 hours so the need to prioritize making sure the important things are done first and the others can wait or be postponed to a later date is necessary. This enables efficient and effective planning and also gives the opportunity for the student to make the most out of his/her time.
  • LEARN TO MULTI-TASK: Multi-tasking class and work would be a good example in this instance to help students best manage their time. Learning or cultivating the habit of multi-tasking would enable students work well under pressure when the need be. Attending seminars, workshops, networking events would be good ways to build up the habit of multi-tasking, expanding one’s network and learning more about one’s profession.
  • REACH OUT TO SUPPORT RESURCES/PROGRAMS: Whenever a student is feeling weary or overwhelmed, best bet for such student is to talk to an advisor. Be it an academic advisor, staff or student advisor, these people can give great and reliable ways to overcome the stress and pressure of academics, work and all. Advice can also be gotten from the working class Alumni in the students’ respective fields. This also could go a long way in assisting the student in getting directions on ways to manage the stress associated with work and schooling.


“Communication is key when questions, issues, obstacles or concerns arise so that students can access the necessary resources and partner with their schools in strategies for success”.

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