Studying can be hard as it is, but it gets even harder when you’re a working professional who is always on the go.
Especially if you’re someone who is going back to school after a few years off.
The good news is that there are many ways to work and study while maintaining a balance.
In this article, we’ll highlight study tips for working professionals. And how you can earn that degree while making a living.
Let’s jump right in!
5 Study Tips For Working Professionals
1. Learn Through Podcasts
A podcast is always an on-the-go-friendly option for studying and learning new skills.
Not only is a podcast a purely audio form of content, which makes it easy to free up your body for travel.
But it’s also great because you can plug in some headphones and listen without bothering other passengers if you’re on a public form of transport.
And another potential benefit is that some people actually find it easier to learn through auditory methods!
All you have to do to pull this tip-off is to find a podcast that relates to your studies, and listen to your heart’s content while you move from place to place.
Bonus Tip: If you’re going to be in a place with no signal or internet, then you could consider planning ahead and downloading a few podcast episodes to your device.
2. Pack Space Efficient Study Materials
It might not be practical to pack all your large books from school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring study materials along.
There are many space-efficient study options, you just have to find ones that suit you the best.
Some find it helpful to pack small study items like flashcards, while others prefer to take condensed notes and go over them whenever they have a chance.
And remember that in the digital age we live in, it’s easy to put study materials on your devices as well.
You could download PDF versions of lessons, take virtual notes, or find some videos that relate to your study topic, etc.
But with this method, you could have all the study information you need in one place.
Which makes it easy to travel with, and easy to absorb whenever you have downtime.
3. Study While Traveling
To follow up on my last point, take advantage of your downtime to squeeze in some studying.
This can include travel time in traffic, at the airport, or during road trips. You can find a way to study while you travel, no matter your traveling method.
It might be a bit more difficult, but multitasking is at the heart of every successful person.
And studying and traveling at the same time is one of the best applications of this time management method.
4. Plan Ahead
One of the best things you can do in terms of managing your study habits when you travel frequently is to plan ahead.
The art of planning ahead can allow you to figure out exactly how much time you have to study, and how you can adjust your plans to accommodate that.
Here are a few examples…
- If you’re only traveling for the day, and you plan to be home by the nighttime, then you could allot some of your downtime to catch up on studying you missed while on the go.
2. If you know you’re going to be busy for a while once you reach a destination, then use a studying strategy (like the podcast one I just mentioned) to study before you get there.
3. Alternatively, if you know you’ll have some quiet time at a hotel or place you’re staying, then you could schedule some time to study there.
You just need to think through how your traveling plans will affect your studying and vice versa, and plan accordingly.
5. Ask For Help
Last but not least, as a working professional you’ll likely need some help along the way to maintain a balanced life. That said, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
That could mean asking for a flexible work arrangement in order to make time for your studies.
Or requesting personal days to catch up on your studies. At the end of the day, closed mouths don’t get fed so always remember to advocate for yourself.
Balancing Work and Study As a Working Professional
Balancing working and learning isn’t always easy. Hopefully, these study tips for working professionals give you a starting point.
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Over To You
Which of these study tips for working professionals did you find most helpful? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section on social media at @netwerkmovement. And if you know a busy working adult who could use these tips to keep up with their studies, then make sure to send them this post!