Posted 8/28/14 by Miles Young in Lifestyle

The Juggling Act: Habits of Highly Successful Students

Have you ever wondered how people manage to juggle a full-time career and a full-time college education? Many college students juggle work and school every day, especially nursing students. Chances are that you more than likely know at least one person who has successfully managed to juggle both. While it may seem impossible to successfully manage both – it’s not; however, it can be difficult.

With a lot of self-discipline, good studying habits, drive, and determination, this is a realistic, achievable goal. Here are some tips on how to successfully manage a full-time career and personal life, while pursing any college degree.

Build Effective Study Habits

Get disciplined by prioritizing. At first this may feel overwhelming, so sit down and come up with a plan of action. Set aside specific times during the day for studying, and make sure you a place without distractions.

Turn off the television and avoid the telephone, unless it’s an absolute emergency call. Consider tackling homework assignments that are the hardest first, when you’re the freshest. Take good notes and review them often. Don’t over-do it, because you’ll burn yourself out and never be afraid to ask for help if you struggle with a subject.

Arrive to Class Ready to Learn

The first tip for success in the classroom is to make sure you choose a college degree program that you’re passionate about. When you’re passionate about something you’re more likely to get motivated to learn and it’ll be easier for you to absorb new information.

Enter the classroom well-energized with a good night’s rest, hydrated and well-nourished. These three things will give you the energy you need to learn and the clarity you need to focus while mentally processing the information you’re learning. Or, if you’re studying online from a program offered by Ohio University, try to start your assignments when you’re at your best.

Pay attention to the teacher and listen carefully. Make sure to take good notes in the classroom that you can use later during study time. Participate by asking questions and getting involved with classroom activities. This will help you learn and to understand new concepts better.

Limit How Much You Can Take On

The first rule of thumb to juggling a career and education is to not take on more than you can handle. If your life is just too busy for full-time studies, then consider taking a couple of classes with part-time studies. When taking classes online, this requires extreme self-discipline, so set aside specific times to do classwork and for studying that meld with your hectic work schedule. Once you start a routine this will become like second nature for you.

Keep Learning After Graduation

All of the skills that helped you to juggle college and career will help you to acquire the abundance and success that you desire after graduation. When debating with yourself on whether or not to juggle both, don’t let the fear of failure hold you back from achieving your dreams and the success that you deserve. When you want something bad enough you make it happen. With training and diligent self-discipline, your dreams will become your reality.


Miles Young

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Miles Young is a freelance writer with a passion for sports, music, and pop culture. When he's not working on his latest feature story, he's out walking his dog or catching up on Game of Thrones.