Getting your college degree as a dental assistant, medical assistant, or sonography technician is a big undertaking, especially when it’s not the only thing you have to focus on. There may be other important aspects of your life like family, friends, volunteering, and work that need your attention. Finding additional time to attend classes and study can be difficult. However, with the right commitment and hard work, you can make it all work and finish with your college degree.
Here are five tips for getting it all accomplished:
1. Work Smarter, Not Harder
Make the clockwork for you by finding ways to fit studying into your already full life. For example, review your notes or catch up on class reading during your lunch break. Rather than scroll through your social media, you can use short bursts of downtime, for example, while waiting in lines or on others, to study.
2. Stick to a Schedule
You’ll find greater success at school and life if you map out your valuable time ahead. Whether you use a paper calendar or prefer one online, a schedule can help you plan how to best use your time and make sure you don’t miss anything important. Find the time in your schedule that works best for studying, and then mark it down as a firm commitment.
3. Reduce Your Commitments
With school on your schedule, it may be necessary to let some other items on your calendar go. Write down everything you’re currently doing and order them from most-to-least important. Which activities can you do without for now, at least until you finish school? By minimizing your schedule, you’ll free up more space for valuable study time, and also free yourself from anxiety.
4. Ask for Help
You’ve got this. But that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family for help when needed. Whether it’s a co-worker offering to stay late in your place or a family member offering to do your laundry, accept help when you need it. And don’t forget to ask your professors and staff at MedQuest for help, too. After all, we’re here to help you succeed!
Let’s face it; none of us can be on the go constantly. If you’re working too hard for too long, eventually you will run out of steam. Be sure to build in some “me” time to recharge your batteries. Watch a movie, soak in a bubble bath or have dinner with friends. You’ll come back refreshed and ready to hit the books with more focus.
It may seem impossible, but with careful planning and dedication, you can accomplish your dream and finish your degree.
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