As students get into their senior levels of high school and then again in their tertiary years of study, other commitments fight for priority. Some of those commitments include family or friend gatherings, sport or extracurricular activities or a possible part-time job. It’s not uncommon for students to have a part-time job on the side to support their possible shopping addiction or to put in the piggy bank for later. Whether or not it’s for practical or what some would argue impractical reasons (sorry shoppers), it’s always important to know your priorities. The most important take away is that work will come second because its only a supplement to the schoolwork you must complete. If your student or a student you know struggles with prioritizing their work commitments with their study commitments, give them these tips!
First of all, don’t take after-hour shifts. We’ve heard it all before, but we’re not kidding when we say that students need AT LEAST 6 – 8 hours of quality sleep each night. So, getting home at 10 pm or 2 am in some circumstances is no lifestyle for a committed student. Working late-night shifts will drain you of your energy and the needed motivation for the next day. In turn, the performance and quality of work or effort may reduce into the negatives. If this doesn’t sound like something you’re up for (good, you’re listening), then talk to your managers. Have a chat and maybe explain your situation. Determine a time you’re willing to work till and then anything after that is not going to work with your school commitments.
Set your limit. Being a full-time student means there are certain hours and days of the week that are dedicated to that work. Some days need to be set aside to get that assignment done or to finish the readings. Whatever is required, it’s important to prioritize these as opposed to a casual 3-hour shift. Again, you might have to have another conversation with a boss or manager. Confirming the number of hours you are comfortable to work each week or on a fortnightly basis and stick to it. The holidays or Uni-break can be times where you may take on the occasional extra shift. But when you’re in your term or semester stick to the discussed hours.
Ask for help. There’s no shame in seeking help of any form. In this case, it might be financial. If the need to work crazy hours or take on shifts that cut into study time is fueled by the need for more money, then maybe its an indication that help is needed. This help could come from an institution or organization, university support scheme or scholarship or an agreed-upon allowance from parents or family members. Having this in your back pocket will eliminate the need to work more and schoolwork less.
If none of those tips can be put into practice, step away. Take shifts on the holidays or when study dies down. But in the case where your superiors can’t accommodate or understand your wishes, find a new position. If that sounds like you, why not consider tutoring with us! We’re flexible and understand the importance of your study and the commitment you must attach to it.