Tips for studying as a single parent

Studying can be a challenge, but when you are a single parent it can seem near impossible. Luckily, for those amazing solo parents who are studying and juggling the busy lives of their children, there are a few things you can do to make getting a qualification more achievable.

Don’t take on more than you can handle.

It’s important to decide whether full time or part time study is the best option for you. Then break down your course into manageable segments, so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Before commencing study decide how much time you can realistically devote to your studies each week. By creating realistic expectations before your study begins, you will set yourself up for success, rather than falling behind.

Nail down childcare

Once you have worked out how much time you can realistically devote to your studies, it is crucial to create a childcare schedule that will allow you to stick to this plan. Be sure to find out the dates of kindergarten and school holidays early so you can make other arrangements and it’s a good idea to have a plan in place for days when your child is sick.

Surround yourself with support

Speak with family and friends who may be able to offer support while you complete your studies. Help does not only have to include regular childcare. Friends and family may be able to lend a hand with cooking, cleaning or just being there for a coffee when you need to de-stress. A hug also goes a long way.

Get organised

Be efficient with your time and make the most of any free time you have. Consider prepping meals on the weekend to save time during the week. Buy a slow cooker so the last thing you have to worry about at the end of a study day is cooking a meal. Think about creating a schedule for household jobs and times for study. Get up a little earlier than usual to get a few jobs out of way to free up time in the day for study. Use time in your work lunch break to get some study done. Work smarter to make study happen.

Explore online options

Study online. Online classes offer many benefits, the biggest that you can be at home with your children while you are studying. This gives you time in the evenings, once the kids are in bed, to achieve your study goals. It also means you can study while you work – meaning you can earn and learn.

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