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Whether you’re starting college for the first time or returning to continue your education, it should come as no surprise that juggling the rigors of school can be challenging. With many college students working toward a degree while balancing a family, a job, or both, we know careful planning and caring support can help determined individuals reach their education goals.
Wondering how you could find the right balance between your academic and non-academic life? Consider the following ideas.
SET REALISTIC GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS
You might think there won’t be enough hours in the day to work, care for your family, pursue your degree and still enjoy life. Planning is a perfect place to start—at least consider important events that will occur over the next few months, so you can work around any potential obstacles more easily.
Earning a degree is a big goal, but you can take small steps to get there. Use the acronym SMART to help establish and evaluate your goals: they should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
Envisioning the steps you’ll need to take to get the results you want is another way to make solid decisions about managing your time through the thick of things. You’ll have some choices to make about the pace of study, the learning environment, the subjects you focus on, and more.
MAXIMIZE YOUR SCHEDULE
Many adult students start a little slower until they get into their new rhythm. Consider easing into your new priorities as you juggle your classwork with your job—how about starting with just one class? Save tougher courses for quieter times at work, or online courses for busy phases when you know you’ll have to put in extra hours.
Fortunately, colleges and universities are making it easier to incorporate classes into the rest of your life. Some offer year-round start times and degree program options with varying credit requirements.
As you map out timing for school, keep your list of key activities and responsibilities nearby, and be prepared to take advantage of small chunks of time as they arise. The doctor’s waiting room can be a good time to review before a quiz!
CHOOSE WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
Think about the environment where you learn best. Do you need to take classes at a certain time or day of the week? How far are you willing to travel? Looking for teammates and group projects to keep you accountable? Your college schedule and degree program may incorporate some of each.
And remember, you’re not alone in this endeavor! Seek out family members, co-workers, classmates and anyone else you can think of to help you out in a pinch. And be sure to explore various resources at school you can turn to for assistance. Professors, classmates and advisors can step in as your team of personal and academic cheerleaders, ready to lend a hand and share the journey with you.
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As one of the largest private, degree-granting, regionally accredited higher education systems in North America, DeVry University has been providing an education that works for over eighty years. The institutional accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) www.hlcommission.org provides assurance that rigorous standards of quality have been met. DeVry University has a long and continuing tradition of offering classes taught by professors who have well-established credentials and career experience in their fields of expertise.
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