Working during studies can be quite challenging but the rewards are usually worth the extra effort. Other than the monetary benefits of having a job as a student, it can also help kick-start your career. Through these jobs, you can develop the skills and experience employers are looking for. Therefore, your chances of getting a job when you graduate is higher.

Even though combining work and studies is demanding, you can succeed at both without exhausting yourself. The tips in this article will help you maintain the balance between study and work. 

1. Set priorities and learn to manage your time

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Learn how to manage your time efficiently and prioritize your daily activities. One saying goes, “You can have it all, but not all at once.” Always complete the tasks that are more important before embarking on less important ones. The first step is to create a schedule. Carefully plan your classes, time needed for studying, as well as work shifts and other activities. Take into account any deadline and most importantly, make sure you stick to your schedule faithfully. Of course, since we cannot always predict the future, you might have to adjust your schedule sometimes.

2. Make realistic plans

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Do not take on too much at work and in school because it may affect your productivity. Set targets you can achieve. Of course, that does not mean that you should set too easy targets, always stretch yourself a little bit. If you can, spread your degree over a number of years. It is unwise to fit a full-time study schedule with a full-time work, the result is likely to be exhaustion or even burn out.

3. Get ahead of time

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Once you are aware of the tasks expected of you in future, do not wait for deadlines to approach before you complete the tasks. Try to always get ahead of time at school and work so that when you have a busy period, you will not have to rush to complete any assignment. For instance, when a school assignment is due in 4 months, complete the assignment whenever you are less busy even if that means the assignment will be ready 3 months before the deadline. If you wait until the last moment, you may end up having a busy schedule at work which means you may not have the time to complete the assignment.

4. Study efficiently

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When it comes to studying everyone is different. Some people are visual learners while others learn better when they listen to lectures or audio books. The key is to find out what works best for you and adjust your study plan accordingly. Furthermore, since you don't have all the time in the world to study when you are working, you need to learn how to study efficiently. Use summaries instead of reading a whole book. Past exams are also very helpful when preparing for a test. has many valuable study resources that can help you study efficiently.

5. Make time to relax

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No matter how important your work and study is, taking a break is equally as important. To keep a balance, make sure you include unwinding to your schedule. You won't get far if you push yourself too much because it will tell on your body. Dedicate some time for yourself and try to meet up with friends and family regularly. Resting and logging off from your daily routine will also have a positive effect on your overall energy and efficiency.

6. Be Careful When Selecting a Job

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The best way to ensure that your work does not interfere with your studies is to avoid taking on jobs that are very demanding. Look for jobs with flexible shifts and make sure you inform your employer to be that you are still studying. Even if you already have a job, let your employer know your study schedule and try to reduce your workload during exam periods.

Combining study and work can be challenging, but it is also rewarding. Not only will you feel proud of yourself when you graduate, you will also have the skills and experience needed in working life. Of course, you may not have enough time to party and watch TV, but it will be worth it in the end.

This blog is written by Sadiq Odunsi from

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