Time Management Tips for the Adult Student

Oct 28, 2013 | 5:00 am
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Finding time to study amidst an already busy schedule can sometimes feel overwhelming to any student. The key is to make sure you’re taking advantage of every opportunity. That means having a plan of action ready that fits your life and learning styles. Luckily, with distance learning you can do just that. Online high school classes let you fit in study time around other immovable areas such as work and family. The key is to make sure you’ve got a good plan to start with.

The first step is to make a list of all the things you do over a week. Write out a typical daily schedule for an entire week. To make it easier to see what’s going on, start your week on Monday and end it on a Sunday. Include everything you do, even if it’s watching TV or just downtime.

Once you have everything written down, it’s time to look for “extra” time. That’s the time that you’re either not doing anything, or you could be doing something else more productive, such as studying instead of watching TV. Highlight those times so you can get a broader sense of how much time you reasonably have to allot for studying.

When looking at the “extra” time, try to see if there are any patterns that would let you study at set times each day or week. For instance, do you have 45 minutes every night at the same time you could set aside for learning?

Then, look for times that match your learning style. Some people are more alert in the morning, while others are night owls. If there are open times that match up with your preferred time to study, make those priority study times for yourself.

Once you’ve determined where you can fit it some scheduled study time, make those times uninterruptible and unchangeable. If you let it slide, you’re likely to get behind. Stay focused on your overall reason for going back to school and don’t let anything distract you from this goal.

Lastly, take advantage of the few extra minutes you get in a day by using those times to do smaller school-related tasks. You can follow up with instructor emails, study flashcards or start reading on your next assignment. Using those extra few minutes can allow you to get ahead on some of your material and make your actual study time go by more smoothly.