With exams just around the corner, you should start organizing your days to strike a balance between work, home, and university life. Also, forget the crisps and energy drinks – brain food is better!
Making sure your priorities are in order helps give you the best chance at staying organized and on track throughout the exam period, reducing your stress level, making the difference between failure and success during the semester. With part-time jobs for students, you can maximize your time at University and earn some extra income on the side while you study.
1. Develop your time management skills
It would be best if you balanced part-time work with university work. Procrastination is a waste of time. There are 218 minutes in a year, or 55 days in a year, you procrastinate.
Time management tips for university students
- Consider your deadlines when planning your academic schedule
- Follow the Pomodoro Technique
- Make daily to-do lists
- Set up a dedicated study area
- Get to know your learning style
- keep your eyes on the long-term to stay motivated
- Study throughout, so don’t cram at the end of the semester
2. Limit your work hours to 15 per week
Your university work might begin to suffer if you work more than 15 extra hours per week. You need not take this risk, as the whole point of coming to University was getting a good degree. If you set boundaries, your part-time job and university work will be easier to balance.
3. Job/Student Union opportunities at your University
You can find student-friendly positions at your college shop, bar, or cafe by looking for jobs specifically for university students, such as those at the Student Union. Watch out for seasonal or temporary jobs as well.
Because universities always place work first, they are flexible regarding their shifts. In addition, you can hang out with your mates behind the bar while working! You can check out the student “job shop” at most universities and see any openings you like. Consider becoming a campus tour guide if you love your campus. Your CV will benefit from this good public speaking practice.
Additionally, you will gain soft skills and stand out from other graduates if you gain experience here. You could also become a student ambassador and speak to schools about university life or ask for donations by calling alumni of universities. This can be done in the evenings.
4. Take on a Summer Job
University summer holidays never end. Some students finish their last exam in May and do not return until September. So you will have ample time to increase your savings before the next school year begins, so you won’t feel as guilty about working during term time as you will when you are in the library.
Work needn’t be boring. If you are studying, you might find it difficult to work at festivals, resorts and clubs once the 9-5 grind of adult life kicks in after University.
5. Attend all lectures
- Lastly, don’t work on shifts that would result in you missing lectures.
- Studying should always be your top priority.
- Even if you don’t attend all your lectures, you might miss out on information crucial to your coursework or exams.
- You could ask a friend to record a lecture if you cannot attend and take some time afterward to catch up.