Do you have a new schedule as a returning college student?

You’re to be commended for taking the step to attend night school at an accredited college or university, especially if you’re taking night classes because you work during the day.  It goes without saying that “free time” is probably something you don’t have a lot of.  However, there is hope.  You can get relief from feeling rushed as you continue your adult education by developing a set schedule.

Similar to how your professors teach the courses that you’re taking at a set time, you can schedule personal and educational events in your life at certain times.  Doing so will help your mind to prepare to perform certain activities at peak levels.  It’s sort of like you’re developing a habit of excellence.  Developing a set schedule will also help you to examine the different activities you regularly undertake, finding activities you want to eliminate or change in your life. 

Reviewing Your Current Schedule as an Adult Student

As you create your schedule note how much time you spend doing activities like:

  • Commuting to and from work
  • Working for your employer at the office and at home
  • Preparing and cooking meals
  • Cleaning your home
  • Driving to and from school (if you attend college or university on campus)
  • Interacting with your children (i.e. getting them ready for school, helping them with their homework, playing with them)
  • Completing your college or university classroom assignments
  • Researching for upcoming school projects
  • Studying for quizzes and examinations
  • Exercising
  • Hanging out with friends
  • Relaxing

Adult Continuing Education Students Create Regular Study Habits

Yes, make sure you take time to relax each and every day.  If you find that you’re spending more time than you’d like commuting or preparing meals, see if you can adjust your schedule, freeing yourself up to study for college or university course material. 

Before you start working on school projects or studying, enjoy a meal or go for a walk.   You can also meditate or sit down on the sofa and chill out for a moment.  After all, you’ve been working all day.  You deserve to relax.  Then set a time when you’ll do your school research, writing and editing of projects to turn in to your professors.  Also include study time.  For example, you could complete college and university assignments from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Then you could study for upcoming examinations and quizzes for the next 30 to 60 minutes.  You can also study one to two days a week versus five days a week.  However you design your schedule, make sure you take at least one day a week to have fun. 

After a few weeks of working with your set schedule, the everyday activities and responsibilities that you have will start to feel more manageable.  Your children and other family members will also expect you to complete college and university assignments at certain times, giving you the opportunity to study absent of guilt or interruptions.  Developing a set schedule can also help you to overcome procrastination as you train your mind to complete tasks at standard times.

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