Struggling to find study-life balance? These tips might helpPosted on 08/08/2018 by Jess O'Connor
Studying from home can feel overwhelming at times — but it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some tips for finding study-life balance even when you feel like there’s not enough hours in the day.
Talk to your tutors
First and foremost, call or email one of your tutors to let them know how you’re feeling. Tell them you’re experiencing some overwhelm and ask for tips on how to manage your workload. They have been teaching for many years and will have plenty of tips up their sleeve to help you stay on track.
Create a study schedule
At the beginning of each week, enter all of your commitments onto a weekly calendar. For example, block out time for work, sleep, childcare, and any other commitments you might have. Then, see how many leftover hours you have for study. If you’re studying from home full-time, you should have at least 40 hours a week to commit to your studies. If you’re studying from home part-time, you require at least 20 hours per week. If there’s simply not enough available study hours in your week, you might need to reassess some of your other priorities (such as work) and see if you can put these on hold until you’ve completed your qualification. Again, your tutors are the best people to advise you on this.
Find ways to blend study and fun
Do you love spending time in cafes or in nature? Why not combine study with one of your favourite activities? Set up in a cafe for the morning to review your study notes or work on assignment. Or, go for a walk if you need to make a phone call to your tutor instead of staying at home. One of the advantages of studying from home is flexibility; try to enjoy the freedom and make it work for you.
Safeguard your downtime
How often do you look forward to an evening of relaxing, only to spend three hours scrolling Instagram? The only thing worse than having little spare time is wasting any of the spare time you do have. Try to safeguard your downtime and do something you genuinely enjoy, instead of getting sucked into a social media spiral.
Try to look after your wellbeing
This tip is often easier said than done, but it’s worth keeping in mind anyway. You’re far more likely to ace your studies and maintain a positive attitude if you’re well-rested and well-fuelled. This means getting enough sleep and eating well, wherever possible. Of course, there will be weeks when you might be burning the midnight oil at both ends (that just comes with the territory of studying), but do your best to look after your health and wellbeing if you can.
If all else fails: remember study is not forever
Sometimes, study-life balance is near impossible to achieve — especially if you have young kids or a part-time job. If the thought of achieving any life balance feels like a pipe-dream, take heart: studying is not forever. It’s only for a short space of time. Once you’ve completed your qualification, you’re bound to have more spare time — and more opportunities — to explore. So, if all else fails, keep perservering in the knowledge that things will ease up once you graduate. You’ve got this!
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