5 Tips for studying when you are working

Studying whilst working can be very difficult, which is why a distance learning college is an ideal way of learning. You can study when and where you want. Here are 5 tips for studying when you are working:

Make a plan

As distance learning allows you to be flexible and has no strict deadlines, you may want to consider making a plan. You will then know how long you can spend on each assignment and it will allow you measure your progress. You should also create a routine for your studying. As working can be tiring and all you want to do when you get back home is relax, you should schedule your studying to give you breaks so you don’t work yourself too hard. You may also have other commitments, so work around these and consider when studying works best for you.

Find the perfect study place

Study somewhere quiet such as in a library a room in your house or maybe even at work. Make sure there are few interruptions when you study, as you will go off track. Avoid places where you are likely to be distracted, preferably a place without a TV! Stay concentrated and determined to learn everything you can.

Keep yourself motivated

Keep in mind why you are studying for the qualification and what you gain from it when you have passed. Are you studying to progress in your present job? Maybe you want to gain knowledge to apply for a better career? Whatever your reason for studying, think of the benefits for achieving your qualification at the end.

Stay balanced

Remember to give yourself a beak. Being at work all day will be very tiring, so you will deserve a rest.  For every hour of studying you should give yourself a least a 5-10 minute break. Giving your brain a rest will help you concentrate more when you get back to your studying. To remind yourself  set a timer to go off every hour of studying. Try not to sit in the same place all day. Get up and go for a walk. Also have a day or two of not studying to relax and do what you want, after all you will have deserved it!

It’s ok to say no

We know you may have other important commitments like your work, which takes up the majority of your time. But when it comes to your social plans you should think about putting your studies before them. This allows you to concentrate on your learning and helps you complete your assignments.

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Sharnie Carter

Passionate about marketing and education. Currently studying a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing via distance learning. When I'm not working or studying, I'm spending time with my young son and husband or hinching!

5 Tips for studying when you are working