The summer holidays are the hardest time for parents juggling work and everything else whilst making sure the kids are happy and not bored. You may want to plan a few trips away and family days out, but how can you do this whilst studying? Your education doesn’t have to take a back burner. Today, there are thousands of online courses that are flexible to your schedule. Here’s how to make it work.
Take Advantage of Traveling
If you are heading somewhere, either on holiday or a trip out, don’t be the driver. If you are going to be on public transport or an airplane, even better. Always take your work with you. It may be handy to invest in a tablet, so you have a handheld device that you can work on clearly, as a mobile phone may be too small. Put a movie on for the kids or wait for them to fall asleep and start studying. Working for around 15-20 minutes at a time is the best way for your brain to take in information, so although it may seem like you aren’t spending a lot of time on your studying, it is better than trying to cram it all in at once.
Make a planner each day and schedule some time to study around everything else. Perhaps the children are going for a day out with their grandparents, a perfect opportunity to take a day to catch up with anything relevant. Perhaps set a time before the children wake up or when they have gone to bed to do 30 minutes rather than your usual bedtime routine. Any time the children are going to be pre-occupied is the perfect time to get a little bit of work done, it may be hard at times but it is possible! However you decide to study, a planner ensures that you stay focused on getting things done.
There are many online degrees, such as the ones at Rutgers University, which can help you advance in your chosen field. You will be spoilt for choice. Rutgers University Online has many masters and bachelor’s degrees including a master in adult education. Online degrees are flexible in many ways. You can choose part-time or full-time and you can choose different intakes throughout the year, meaning you can start in summer, fall, or spring. It is flexible around your lifestyle so you can still work whilst enjoying the summer holidays with your children and the small class sizes mean you can have close interactions with your teachers and peers. You do not have to worry about traveling to university; your degree is at the end of your fingertips.
There is no need to put your education and career advancement to the side just because you have had a family. Study and enjoy a great summer with your children, plan ahead and take any opportunity when the kids are out to get some work done.