Time Management: Homework and Employment

Time Management: Homework and Employment
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    It is almost a given that if you're a college student, you'll be working too. Probably not full-time, maybe part-time, but most certainly at least some of the time.

    If you're fortunate, your employer doesn't require much of your time during the week, with the weekends when you're putting in your most work time.


The following are some tips on how to find balance between homework and employment.

1. Limit your hours. With only so much time in the week to attend classes, do your homework, eat, sleep, and exercise, you’ll find that the amount of time you can devote to a job may be quite limited. You may be able to handle 20 to 25 hours per week, but that cuts your free time really close. Better to work 10 to 15 hours, adding time over those weeks when your schedule permits.

2. Find the right job. The more flexibility you have with your work, the better. You may also discover that you work best early in the morning, enjoy taking classes at mid-day or later, and have no trouble studying at night. Wait staff that works at a restaurant serving breakfast may be right for you. Or, you may find that you’re better suited to work at night, taking classes in the morning and studying in the afternoon. Much depends on your class schedule and finding a way to work around that.

3. On the job study. Some jobs allow students to study as they work. This option is possible if you answer phones, work at a service desk, or hold any position where you can combine work with study. Use your meal and other breaks to study too, bringing with you your textbooks, tablet or other device to study.

4. Work freelance. You may find that your schedule is so uncertain that set work hours are just not possible. If you work freelance you can have much more flexibility for when and where you work. Possible freelance jobs include website design, social media adviser, writing, product selling, even online tutoring. Check out sites such as Craigslist, Commission Junction, Guru, Amazon, and Fiveer for opportunities.

5. Work on campus. Colleges and universities employ legions of students who handle a variety of jobs including bursar, food service, sporting event tickets and ushers, and so on. One of the perks for this job is that your employer is also your college and your boss may be much more inclined to work around your schedule. You’ll make money, gain experience, and have time to do your studying.

Balance Your Schedule

Another option is to work things out with your boss to limit your schedule at other times of the year such as mid-terms and finals. During those weeks you’ll work a limited schedule or have multiple days off in a row for studying. This won’t be easy to arrange if most of your fellow employees are also college students.

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