Balancing work and study is a pretty tough task, especially if you are managing a full time job with study pressure of a professional certification or credential. But the good news is, you can pull off the balancing act by employing proper time management and brain based adaptive learning techniques. Here’s how you can do it.
Prepare a schedule and stick to it
If you have a fixed work timing then prepare a schedule with both work and study timings in it. Make sure to keep it flexible to adjust unforeseen events and emergencies. Also allot some time for recreational activities. Use your time wisely. Fix small study sessions while commuting to and from your place of work. You can use the break timings in your work to watch study videos or memorise necessary theories and equations. Once your schedule is ready stick to it!
- Use adaptive learning techniques
Adaptive learning techniques make sure that you learn more in lesser time. This is exactly what you need while handling a full time job as well as studies. Adaptive learning use brain based advanced methods to indentify and focus on your weak areas using tools like virtual reality learning, flashcards etc.
- Space out your practice sessions
Studies have shown that short and spaced out practicing schedules help one learn faster and create knowledge that lasts. So, instead of longer study sessions, practice spaced reinforcement of study materials to learn quickly and deeply.
- Use advanced study tools
Using advanced study tools that require more involvement often make your lessons interesting and make you learn quickly. As you have lesser time to study, this is a great way to enhance your lessons. Using flashcards, game based learning methods work best here.
* Do not multi-task
You cannot work while studying and you cannot study while working. Unlike what you would like to believe, human brain is not designed to multi-task. Your brain retains more information when it focuses on one task at a time. So, no matter how tempting it seems, focus on work or study at a time. Your efforts will be futile if you try to do both at the same time.
So, these are the tips for balancing work with study. Follow these word by word and you’ll achieve success in both fronts.