In today’s world, many people are juggling both school and their jobs. Also, there are many stay-at-home parents who raise their children and take college courses to complete their degree. It can be very difficult to juggle schoolwork, along with your job and raising a family. There are ways to make it a little bit easier. Many schools offer distance learning, which offer online courses that give students a more flexible schedule. In order to be successful, there are ways where students can achieve their goals, as well as how to prioritize and not to procrastinate.
Identifying Long- & Short- Term Educational and Career Goals:
• Long -Term Goals: It’s best to start by establishing goals that have highest priority or may take the longest to achieve. The things that you do with your life and things that you believe are based on values. Your values can help to achieve your goals. Focusing on what you want out of your education, choose you major and career. Basing your long-term goals on values can help to increase your motivation.
• Short -Term Goals: Short term goals are smaller goals to help you achieve you long term goal. They can last a few hours to a few months. A way to help achieve your short term goal is to prioritize. When you prioritize, evaluate what you’re doing to achieve your goal and decide which are the most important. Things you should consider to evaluate are your values, personal situation, and time commitments.
How to Reach Goals despite Obstacles:
• Follow through with your short term goals.
• Educate yourself about what you’re wishing to achieve.
• Plan on how you’re going to overcome the obstacles. Once you understand what you may face, you can plan how you’re going to tackle them.
Balancing Time between Online Courses:
• Copy your syllabus for each class to keep track when assignments are due. A planner can also help keep track your assignments and tasks.
• Set time aside each day for schoolwork.
• Schedule tasks and activities that help support your goals.
• Be sure to plan downtime for yourself. It’s a nice break and it will help you to feel refreshed and it can improve your productivity.
Juggling School, Work and Family Responsibilities:
• Keep track of events and commitments by using a planner.
• Schedule study time in between other activities.
• Track your daily and weekly tasks and prioritize them in order of importance.
Prioritizing and Avoiding Time-Wasters:
• Make a list of tasks that you need to complete during the day or week. Try to prioritize by most important to the least important.
• To avoid wasting time, make a to-do list of tasks that you need to accomplish.
• Fight procrastination. Set responsible goals and break your tasks into smaller parts to focus on one small step at a time.
• Always be sure to ask for help if you need it.
Developing your Multiple Intelligences:
• Work on skill areas that may not come so easily.
• Try to build your weaker areas of intelligence. Use study strategies that don’t come naturally. This will help you to develop other intelligence skills you may never consider using.
• Using technology such as IPOD’s can help you listen and review lecture materials.
Relating to others who have Different Personality Types and Intelligences:
• The importance of knowing your learning strengths as well as your classmates is that it’s important to know how to communicate with different intelligences or personalities.
• It’s important to be aware of how each person may respond. This information is beneficial in an online learning environment because when reading other responses, you have to take in consideration how they are thinking and feeling by reading the tone of their messages. This way you’ll know how to respond.
Keep this guide handy if you ever need to refer to it. These tips are important and can help with not only the success of your college classes, but also in your career field.