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Finding the balance between work and study can often be tricky, and if you are worried about striking that balance then you are not alone. Plenty of students work full or part-time alongside their studies and keeping those study and work plates spinning isn't an easy job.

See below for our guide on how to get that work and study formula right:

Working and studying How to manage your time

Organise your time 

Take regular breaks to maintain productivity and to help you stay focused. Taking regular breaks is important for your concentration but also for your health!

Write manageable goals and stick to them.

Don’t feel overwhelmed by a looming deadline, instead break your workload down to more controllable and attainable chunks, ensuring that you can keep motivated when you achieve them.

Find a suitable working space – away from distractions

Our BRAND NEW York College University Centre provides the perfect environment for quiet study as well as an area for socialising and having a well-deserved break.

Talk to your employer

Keep them in the loop and make them aware of your assignment deadlines well in advance. You may need to book some time off closer to the time, your employer will be more understanding if they have had time to prepare.

Sarah Thompson, a York College Foundation Degree in Business (Leadership and Management) student credits the support of her tutors for her ability to manage her time effectively, adding that the smaller group sizes mean that the tutors are able to spend more time offering advice and guidance and are always on hand to help.

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Apply your College work to your career if possible

Using real-world examples will help you to further your understanding and will help you excel in both your work and your studies.

Look after yourself, physically and mentally

Get up and stretch regularly. Try not to stress and always talk to someone if you are beginning to feel overwhelmed or concerned about managing your time.

woman stretching at window encouraging taking breaks from work

Flexible working

Here at York College, we try to group our timetables so that you are able to still take part in other family and work commitments.

Treat yourself

Reward yourself when you reach your goals! It doesn’t have to be something huge, just something that will inspire you to keep going to achieve your qualification.

 chocolate bar with a bite taken out

Well, you made it to the end! If you make sure you follow these points you should be able to balance your life and work and still enjoy both your work life and your time studying without overwhelming yourself.

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