So many of us are intrigued by what further study has to offer; better job prospects, delving into new worlds of knowledge and possibility, meeting new and like-minded people, and feeding our innermost wonders and desires. But in such a fast-paced, work-minded, money-driven world, how on Earth do we find the time to concentrate on our studies?
In general, university courses require 12 hours per week per unit. Given a full-time workload, that is 48 hours per week dedicated to study.
How can we make this work?
If you are a list person, stick to that! Document everything you have to do and stick it to the fridge.
If you thrive on last-minute attempts at making a deadline, then that is your thing and you have to do it your way – as long as it works!
Finding the way of study that suits you best is the key – you need to take both your strengths and your weaknesses into consideration.
How to Concentrate on Study?
If you know that you freak out under pressure, then plan ahead. Use every resource possible to ensure you do not get to that point. Planning to stay a week ahead of your weekly content, readings and activities tends to be a good way of staying organising and managing both time and workloads. It means that if you do happen to miss something one week, you’ll be fine, because you have that week up your sleeve.
Thinking about how many units you undertake in a teaching period is important too. Attempting to undertake four units whilst working full- or part-time, caring for children, attending family occasions and social events (because they’re important too!), and just general day-to-day tasks of cooking, cleaning and getting errands done, can be seriously daunting and exhausting!
Courses are so flexible these days, you can pretty much do it on your terms. If one unit of study is all you can handle, then that’s what you stick to.
Don’t overload yourself because then no-one wins, not many, if any people can give themselves fully to that many different tasks, and this can be quite a negative experience, in that your work performance may be taking a hit and not be up to scratch, your university assessments are not representative of your best work, and your relationships with family and friends become to feel strained.
Remember to be kind to yourself – study is possible but management of your life and your time is key!
Tips from Marie D.