February 20, 2011

Studying and Working

How to balance studying with working?I think it is different when u studying full-time and working while studying..it gives u different hope i guess..when u studying full-time, u actually focus more on whatever task given..but when u working while studying..u got so many things that u have to think and consider..the responsibility is more compare when u studying full-time..Just so u know..i am now continuing my masters degree in UiTM Shah Alam and at the same time i'm working at DBKL..

It is hard at first to coop with everything when u have two different situation..situation that u need to go to work and at the same time u need to prepare yourself to be a student..(org nak belajar..die pun sebok nak belajar jugak)..hahaha..but i take that as a challenge..at first, i cannot be more serious in attending classes coz im the type of person who only focus on one thing..it takes sometimes for me to balance in the situation..alhamdulillah now i manage to get through it n still looking forward to reach the final line..:)

What i noticed, the advantage of studying and working is obviously the financial one..u can afford tuition, buy text books and pay for all other costs of living, such as rent and food..and another advantage is that those school and work tend to have better time management skills than those who are only attending school..This can translate to better grades, as those studying while working make time to study perhaps..but it depends..sometimes when u studying part time..normally u will mix around with people who has a working experience of 3-5 yrs at least..so i think u will face the problem of having the lack of confidence where u will find your classmate have talent in explaining the current situation with the high level of confident..wheres u will feel that u do not have any good...but dun worry..its a normal feeling..but if u think of the positive way..u can actually enhance your thinking skills..

Some of the biggest negatives associated with studying while working include fatigue and possibly missing out on fun extra curricular activities. In addition, some may have a hard time juggling a full-time work and school load. If this is the case, students who work either sacrifice their grades in favor of their job performance, or sacrifice their work for their grades..So, i would like to share with u guys on the time management tips to help u balance working and school at the same time :) enjoy reading!
  • Don’t be afraid to say no to people: The first step is to understand what you can realistically handle. Then, be honest about what you do and don’t have time (and energy) to follow through with, in terms of social, work-related and scholastic activities.
  • Don’t procrastinate: You need to allow yourself plenty of time for both work and school assignments so as not to create too much stress in your life caused by cramming at the last minute. Even if the deadline for an assignment seems far away, start it immediately. You may just finish early and have one more item you can cross off your busy "to do" list.
  • Don’t take too many courses at one time: It’s okay if you take a bit longer than normal to get your degree. Remember, you can attend school year-round, even in the summer. It’s better to do one course at a time, if necessary, than let your education suffer as a result.
  • Earn course credit for working: Some schools accept life credits or even give credit for your job, so don’t be afraid to ask. Also, keep in mind transfer credits if you’ve ever attended school in the past.
  • Inform your employer that you’re attending school while working: You may be surprised at how accommodating your boss can be. Some may give you more flexible hours or allow you to take more time off to meet your school needs. Keep in mind that you should be able to return the courtesy and give your employer plenty of notice if you need time off for exams or other school obligations.
    Similarly, your company may have a plan in place to help with your tuition, depending on what you’re studying and whether it benefits your current career path. It’s worth looking in to what education benefits your job may offer.
  • Look for schools with flexible class schedules: Good options include institutions with online degree programs or night school options that more easily lend themselves to full-time workers (more on this below).
  • Make a schedule & stick to it: Map out your work and school schedule, as well as time for doing class work. Ideally, doing each one part-time, or 20 hours per week, works best. If this isn’t an option, decide which one can be cut back to part-time status. The key is to make a schedule that you can not only stick to but that also gives you enough time to properly study.
  • Remember to sleep: If you don’t make time for enough sleep, you won’t function as effectively, making both your work and studying take longer. While you may think that staying up late helps you get more done, in the long run, it slows you down and causes stresses. Taking proper care of yourself helps you perform at your best. 

Hope this tips will help u out..one thing for sure u need to remember..'bukan mudah nak jadi senang dan apabila anda berusaha untuk mendapatkan sesuatu yang susah itu, bila ianya sudah dicapai..anda akan rasa puas dan hargainya sampai bila-bila' (apa lah yg aku merepek ni) hahahaa...chiows..salam!

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