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How hard is it to keep up with your college grades and maintain a job at the same time?

Because I have had a part time job for awhile now and really enjoy working, plus I’d like to not be completely broke while I’m attending school. #college #work-life-balance #time-management #life-balance


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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Katelyn! In college I worked three jobs, but they were all part time because I always put my education first. I believe time-management is very important, make sure to keep a planner handy and your syllabus as well because you want to know when your exams are and assignments to complete. Also I was lucky because my two jobs were on campus so I was able to complete my work for school as well while actually going to work! Make sure to always attend your lectures, study after class, read, take notes and when exams come up give yourself plenty of time to study especially for finals and midterms. For example when I was taking General Chemistry my first semester I knew the date of my final two weeks prior and knew that I would be working the night before the final so I split up the chapters and studied one each night. I completely understand loving to work because especially as a server I love my job and it helped support me financially many times, the main thing is to definitely attend class and space out your work and also don't take on too much at once. If you need to work a lot then space your schedule out such as maybe taking 3-4 classes per semester (just be sure it is 12 credits, so you are full time and financial aid isn't affected). Also there are free tutoring services in college so whenever you begin to struggle with a class I would advise to use them, so you can catch up soon and not have work and education and difficulty you may face collide all at once.

Best of luck!

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Patricia’s Answer

If you have to work I would do it part time, if you are taking full time hours with your classes. Remember you can go to school part-time if you must work. Taking as many classes as you can on line also helps. In the medical field I found it difficult to work full time and maintain a good grade point average so I dropped my work hours as much as I could. If you are able to maintain a good grade in school then by all means work. It helps to pay for everything. You can leave credit cards and student loans alone..Hope this helps..God Bless!


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Maribel’s Answer

Its all about time management. Make sure that you have a schedule that works for you so that you can do both work and school. I worked throughout my college years and also while doing my Master's degree. Some days I had long nights but it was all doable because I set goals for the week or daily. It helped me to break down the tasks into smaller so I could feel like I was accomplishing them. Another thing that worked for me was to not wait until things were due, if I had a homework or test, I would start studying or doing it a week prior or when it was schedule, that way I wasn't doing it all at the end and it didnt feel like a lot. I would do summary sheets so that the day before I would be carrying them with me to review the material. Good luck! Its doable, some of us have to do it, just don't forget that school is for your future so it needs to be a priority too!

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Richard’s Answer

It is difficult but can be done. Treat school like your first job. Get up early, get to work and stay focused. Go to class. Plan to spend 2-3 hours studying for every hour of lecture. Attend your professor's office hours and any TA review sessions. If there is a test bank, use that as a study tool to understand what your professor wants you to focus on for the test.

If your grades start to suffer, you may need to cut back on hours at work. Don't lose sight of your ultimate goal: a college degree and the professional opportunities it provides

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Brittany’s Answer

I'm not going to say it's easy but it's definitely attainable. I work full time as a manager, I have a full time online school schedule, and I have three kids under age 5. I've maintained an A/B average up until this semester thanks to three different illnesses in a row and my lack of attention. I rely on utilizing my planner to a T. Getting an idea of the workload from each class early on by reading the syllabus is helpful. I also save vacation time so I have a few days to work with if I have a big project or a rough week.


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Ricardo’s Answer

Life Balance is very important and some of the best times on life happens at college times. It is important to work if there is a need, but not to work in a time demanding job. Remember College is a long term investment, son this is what you need to focus in this time. Also you social life ir important for you mental health and development. So find a Job that may give you a experience and you are passionate about, not just for the money. Also keep in mind the balance you can have making college your priority.

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Abbey’s Answer

To me, that totally depends on the individual, and your planned course load. As many others have suggested, treat school as your first job. if you are taking a full course load (like 14-16 hours), think of that as your 40 hour a week job. There is absolutely time out side of that for fun, and for additional work.

Try to keep your priorities in check, and flex where you can.

Good Luck!

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