Study while working

Top 10 tips on how to study while working

Thinking about studying part time in 2018? We have some top tips to help you juggle a fulltime job and achieve high marks:

1. Inform your employer:
Assure your employers that you can manage your work schedules. If you prove your dedication, it will be easy to negotiate a more study-friendly schedule.
2. Look after yourself:
Exercise at the gym or go for a walk a couple of times a week, because physical exercise is an effective stress reliever.
3. Take some time out:
Listen to music, write in a journal, have a massage, visit the salon, etc. Try to devote at least 30 minutes of your day to doing something you enjoy as a way to reduce stress.
4. Do not overdo it:
Be realistic about the time you have available to study. If you think you can only take one study course at a time together with your workload, then focus on that course.
5. Take advantage of technology:
Use the necessary study apps. There are plenty of programs available that help students with every aspect of studying.
6. Find your comfort zone:
Whether it is at the library after school, at a quiet coffee shop or your bedroom at night, find your study area and a suitable time for studying that will work for you.
7. Avoid distractions:
Where you opt to study is equally as important as the way you study. Remove any distractions such as turning off your phone and the tv. Have everything you need once you start, so you do not need to stop just to look for a pen.
8. Get enough sleep:
You can wake up at 5 a.m. and study for about an hour, rather than burning the midnight oil, then go back to sleep until 7 a.m. You should wake up feeling reasonably rested. In addition, you should take breaks when you are studying, especially if you are feeling worn out.
9. Eat properly:
Avoid eating foods that are high in saturated fats and calories, such as pastries, cakes and pies. This can contribute to the increase of your cholesterol levels, affect your metabolism, increase your weight and lower your energy levels.
10. Make sure you have the funding:
Some companies pay for their employees to study. However, if your employer does not offer this benefit then you need to look at other options to fund your future. Do not let a lack of funds keep you from your dreams, rather look at a study loan such as the Iemas GradUcare educational loan.

Here is how you can apply:
• Send an email to graducare@iemas.co.za
• SMS ‘GradUcare’ to 32297 (SMS cost R1)
• Visit our website www.iemas.co.za
• Call Iemas on 0861 043 627
• Visit your nearest Iemas branch

Read other related blog articles: Iemas offers affordable financing solutions to assist matric graduates in building a bright future

Article adapted from: SkillsYouNeed.com

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