How adult learners can find time to study while working full-time

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Working full-time and going to school can be quite a juggling act – even if you’re only going to school part-time.

I’m here to tell you, it’s entirely possible to find time to go to school while keeping your full-time job. I’m not going to sugar coat it – it’s going to be difficult, and you’re going to have to make some sacrifices. But, in the end, it’ll all be worth it.

To-Do List: Whatever it takes!


“In order to say yes to your priorities, you’re going to have to say no to something else.”

When making the commitment to go back to school and further your education, you’re going to have to put your social life on the backburner. Instead of spending your Saturday nights out with friends, you’ll probably need to spend them studying and making sure you get a good night’s sleep.

Don’t Procrastinate

“Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.”

If you are a procrastinator, like me, you’ll need to learn to get a head start on your assignments and research papers. I’ve found it easiest to break the assignments up into smaller portions. 

This not only makes the work less intimidating but ensures that I actually completed everything on-time (without the mad dash in the end).

Cut Out Distractions

“Until you shut down the doors to distractions you are not yet ready to succeed.”

If you find yourself with the TV on or trying to multitask while studying, it might be best to isolate yourself. It will help you focus on studying. 

Your brain is already tired from working all day! So, you have to do everything you can to help retain what you are reading or studying for your next exam.

Work Smarter Not Harder

“It’s not all about how you work hard but it’s about how you manage your time, resources, and mind to work together for a better output.”

At the beginning of each year, your professor is going to give you an outline for the course. Before each exam, you’re generally going to be given some sort of study-guide. Pay attention to keywords and think back on what your professor stressed most during lectures. When studying, focus on the key subject material – not the entire book.

This will help you shorten the amount of time you have to spend actually reading, and be able to focus on the most important information.

Repeat After Me, “I CAN DO THIS!”

It might take a little extra effort, and it’s going to take a while to find your groove – but it’ll be worth it in the long run. Don’t give up, give yourself the chance to make the changes to be successful.