So you are a 30 something college student and you also happen to have a full-time gig. Right off the bat your time for studying is limited. This is also before you take into account any other responsibilities you may have such as upkeep on your home or taking care of kids, and might I mention the possibility of wanting to enjoy some resemblance of a social life.
Yes, going back to college in your 30’s comes with a unique set of challenges, but fear not, I’m going to give you some free homework help to score you an extra 2-4 hours a week where you can get some studying done.
How am I going to do this you ask?
Use your lunch break.
Yeah, it’s not that glorious and sometimes it basically just sucks, but you know what. Deal with it. You didn’t go back to school for the parties (at least I hope not), you went back to learn something, and most likely you want to get from A (where you are now) to B (your degree) in the shortest amount of time possible.
This means that you use what time is available to you to get work done.
Let me ask you a question. Would you rather use a little time while you are at work to get a little reading done for class or would you rather do that on a Weekend night when everything else is going on? Now obviously to some, they would be perfectly fine doing their homework on a weekend night and I myself really have no problem with it. But it really sucks when that is when you plan on doing it and then out of the blue something really awesome happens, like an old friend is in town for night, and you have to pass because you put it off for the weekend. You get my point.
Setting aside a little time during your lunch breaks 3 to 4 times a week can really make a big difference in how much work you get done. It also shouldn’t be that difficult because you are already bringing your lunch to work right?
If you get an hour for lunch each day, 5 days a week, it should be fairly easy to squeeze in some time here and there. 5 days a week multiplied by 30 minutes a day is already 2 ½ hours a week. Bump that up to 45 minutes a day and you now have managed to put in 3 hours and 45 minutes worth of work.
As you can see, this can really free up some time for you to enjoy life a little.
I’ll be the first to admit that staying inside the office all day long can be exhausting, excruciating, life-sucking, dreadful, etc. So go outside. Take a walk around the block, get a little fresh air then come back or better yet, find a quite place outside where you can get a little work done. Maybe you can sit in your car with the windows down. There are usually plenty of options when you put your mind to it.
I started doing this after I realized how much work I could actually get done during my short lunch break. Sure, there are plenty of other things I would rather be doing during my lunch breaks, but I also know there are plenty of other things I would like to do besides homework during the weekend.
Remember, you don’t have to do this every day. Some days you might want to take off so you don’t burn yourself out, but every time you get a little bit of work done over your lunch break is work you won’t have to do after work.
Good luck and remember, it will eventually be over.