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How do I balance school and work well?

I like having money, but it seems like I need to sacrifice either grades or money. I know grades will help long term but should I not work and not be able to have money?

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Racheal’s Answer

Hello,
Balancing schoo and work will require you to be honest about your ability to commit. This means that you have to identify if you can be consistent and honest with yourself.
Now, if you are able to do this, identify what time everything is and write it down, be it a planner or using your calendar on your phone that will give you a alarm. This will get you motivated to behavior change and creating a habit.
Once you began to practice planning and scheduling over a period of time you can then start observing yourself on how long it takes you to do certain task - this is the game change. Breaking down your goal will set uou up to maximize your time so you are leased worried about how much you have, yet focused on your skills that will help you get the task done. You'll become a master at knowing when to schedule certain tasks because you have got into the habit of knowing how capable your are to get them done. Moreover, this all will increase emotional wellness or self-esteem in what you do.

Hope this helps!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice. Samuel
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. Is there any particular reason you need money? If you really have any financial problem, suggest you can discuss with your parents. On the other hand, you may need to distinguish what you need, i.e. something is essential, e.g. paying school fee? And, what you want, i.e. not essential, e.g. a new Nintendo switch, etc.? Having said that, you can still save money or do part time job to achieve what you want.
Below are my suggestions :
1. After deducting the amount on what you really need, save the remaining.
2. You assign sufficient time for your homework and revision everyday.
3. You can then review how much time you remains. You can use the time to do some part time jobs on weekdays and weekends
4. Make sure you have sufficient time for rest and exercise.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Thank you comment icon Thank you! I haven't' gotten a ton of financial advice, so this was really helpful. I appreciate the help. Samuel
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Laurie’s Answer

Such a good question, Samuel!
As with most things in life, it does not have to be "all or nothing." You do not have to only go to school or only work. You can do both! It all depends on your unique circumstances. If you have financial support from family, maybe you take a part-time job and go to school full-time. If you don't have financial help, you may need to work full-time and take a smaller course load. Full-time college is typically 12 credit hours. If you need to be a full-time student due to your situation, you can take the minimum required credit hours and work a bit more. Of course, circumstances can change over time and you may need to adjust. Hard to say without knowing your situation. The advice from other posts are spot on with suggestions for time management and organizational strategies. No matter what, it is completely possible to work and go to school. You should never feel like it has to be "all or nothing!"
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Laurie! Samuel
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Vamshee’s Answer

Grades are important to get into admission to college, also helps getting fee waiver / merit scholarship etc. Imagine if you can get a merit scholarship with good PSAT, or getting Fee waiver during your college admission will save you lot of money.
Money is important to fund your college or stay in dorm etc.

Try to be efficient with time and be good at grade first.
To make money, look for jobs that are flexible and which you can do on weekends.
My son does tutor job at local center, he works 3 hours a day for 3 days (Tu/Th/Sat) he manages it efficiently and helps him for his pocket money.
Taking summer jobs is another way you can make money without affecting your grades.
Find jobs that you can do in your free time would be good option to balance school and money.
To gain experience and knowledge, doing volunteering, joining clubs in school are good options.

Hope this helps! Good Luck with your future endeavors!
Thank you comment icon Thanks for your encouragement! Samuel
Thank you comment icon Your advice was so helpful! Evan
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