In this article we explain how you can study part-time without stress and with few hurdles and what you need to consider.
There are many reasons why you would like to study part-time . After all, a degree can help you to advance your career, get more salary and get a better job position . It is not for nothing that many working people take the opportunity to study part-time.
In order to make your studies not only unnecessarily stressful and make your everyday life more difficult, we would like to give you some valuable and helpful tips, tricks and suggestions in this article on how to integrate your part-time studies better into your life leaves.
What does “part-time studying” actually mean?
The part-time course must be differentiated from the dual course. The difference is that part of the course takes place in a company in the dual study program, so theoretical and practical content is learned at the same time. The part-time course of study, on the other hand, is to be understood as a course of study, which is carried out in addition to an already performed job . So job and study are carried out at the same time.
However, this does not mean that the company cannot also promote and support part-time studies . It should also be important for a company that its employees receive further training and contribute to an improvement of the basic entrepreneurial structures due to the learning content and the desired academic degree.
Nevertheless, we have to define more precisely here, since different information portals define the part-time course differently. For clarification: In this article we are talking about part-time distance learning without face-to-face events . This gives workers the greatest possible flexibility. More on this in the following paragraphs.
Study part-time: Useful tips & tricks
A degree that you pursue alongside your work means additional stress and time. In order for you to be able to carry out your studies part-time, you need structure and fixed daily routines. In the following we want to give you some tips to help you successfully complete your part-time studies .
Tip 1: your motivation
It is important that you keep reminding yourself during your studies of what you are doing all the effort for. No matter whether for your relationship, for your future career, for more financial freedom, new perspectives or simply to pat yourself on the shoulder proudly: You need your own “Why?” . After all, you didn’t choose to study for no reason.
It is helpful here if you always think about later and create a one-year plan and a five-year plan . How do you imagine your life in five years? What do you want to have achieved and how do you want to develop yourself professionally but also personally? What steps within the next year (one-year plan) will ensure that you get closer to your goal ?
Write these things down carefully and remember them regularly. Hang your goals, your “why?” And a few motivating sentences on a wall so that you always have them in view. You don’t believe how motivating and reassuring that can be.
Make sure that your studies make you a better version of yourself!
Tip 2: get support!
It is also important that your surroundings know how you are doing and what you are going to do. Get other people to motivate you and support you in your endeavors . This takes away some of the hurdles in your everyday life.
- Are you in a relationship? Talk to your partner about your wishes, goals and your personal motivation . Explain exactly how you imagine things in a few years and what advantages the part-time course can have. Make the study a joint project for you and your partner, go together as a team through this time and support each other. Does your partner also have a dream? OK then! Take this as an occasion and support it in its wishes. Give him something back. So you can motivate each other, have common goals and look together into a life full of positive challenges.
- If you don’t have a partner by your side, talk to good friends or family about your plans. They will also be happy if you can gain new perspectives thanks to an academic career and may have better career opportunities . Integrate your part-time study into your everyday life so that friends and family know when it should be an hour later because of your learning. Here, too, you can strive for common goals with a close friend or family member and support each other with your plans.
Keep in mind that your studies will only be for a limited time. So you can also work towards this goal and provide the necessary support from your partner or family during this time.
Tip 3: Schedule learning times!
In order for you to be able to integrate your part-time studies well into your day-to-day work , fixed learning times and regular learning units are particularly important. If you get used to a fixed plan, almost nothing can go wrong. For example, an hour before going to bed or setting an alarm one hour earlier has proven to be useful. Of course, that also depends on whether you’re more of a morning or evening person. Our tip: Take a closer look at the ” Miracle Morning ” topic . With this habit, you can significantly increase your daily productivity in the morning!
Of course, you can also study during breaks or use the time in which you are busy waiting. This can be in the waiting room, during breaks or on a car trip. You can record your learning material as a voice memo and play it while driving or listen to podcasts or YouTube videos about the learning topic. Works perfectly!
You can also use everyday tasks such as cooking, ironing, cleaning or washing clothes as learning time. Put a book next to it, play video on your mobile phone, laptop or tablet or use your smartphone as an audio source. It is important that you learn regularly and that it is best to repeat what you have learned on the same day.
You don’t have to drive yourself crazy and have to learn every day. But that at least increases your chances of regularity and you definitely need that when you study part-time.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself or stress if things don’t always go according to plan. As long as you stick roughly to your plans, deviations from the plan are a perfectly normal thing.
Tip 4: breaks, rest and breaks
Breaks shouldn’t be missing, of course. These ensure that your brain processes what you have learned. Recovery times also ensure that you do not overload and that everything becomes too much for you. The planning of the breaks is entirely up to you. It is best to make a weekly plan for your learning goals , in which you also roughly set your breaks and also know when you should start studying again. It is important that you enjoy your breaks and take them as such. Take care of your studies exactly during these time-outs and don’t let yourself go crazy!
Tip 5: Learn efficiently and productively
In order to be able to use your learning times effectively, you should also be as productive as possible. This means that you should always use the time invested wisely. So don’t be distracted by your cell phone, friends, emails or YouTube videos, but really only take care of your studies.
The following tips can help you with productive learning :
- Put your cell phone away , laptop and TV off and find peace: Honestly, put your cell phone away! It’s best to make it all out! You don’t have much time anyway, then you shouldn’t waste your valuable learning unit on WhatsApp and a constantly flashing display. That distracts and you lose focus . Your cell phone is a time-saver – it can also wait half an hour. The same goes for your laptop, PC, TV or anything else. The best way to learn is to find a room without distraction and multimedia stuff. You can also simply reward yourself by checking your phone every 30 minutes or after a chapter in your script – but please don’t be in the middle of it all the time. Remember the rule:Productivity = time x focus.
- Learn according to the Pareto principle (or according to the 80/20 rule): 80% of the learning success is achieved in 20% of the time. Conversely, means that the remaining 20% of your learning success takes up 80% of your time. Do not let them make you crazy. You don’t have to know every single sentence by heart, you have to understand the basic principles. Familiarize yourself with the Pareto principle . I also wrote an article about how to read books more effectively . You can also apply the tips and information from it to your scripts and learning materials!
- This also leads to the next productive tip: link the learning material with existing information. So when you read your script, try to link the new content with what you already know about it. So you learn much more effectively than if you dull memorize something. Where can you find new information ? Where are there donkey bridges? Think through the new material and come up with your own examples and practical situations. Your brain can learn new information so much better – just give it a try!
Study part-time: How should that work?
Of course, many are now asking themselves how to reconcile work and study. If you study part-time, don’t you have time for lectures and visits to the university during a 40-hour week?
Study part-time in distance learning
However, the solution is simpler than expected: a large proportion of all students who study part-time are distance learning students . This means that you can study almost entirely online, have all scripts and learning materials sent home, exchange information with your fellow students via Facebook and WhatsApp and even write your exams online .
Different time models in distance learning
Another great advantage is that distance learning colleges offer different time models in which you can complete your studies. So it doesn’t always have to be 6 semesters in three years, which you have to do in addition to your 40-hour week in everyday work.
Different models at distance learning colleges also offer part-time models , so that your studies can not only last 36 months (full-time in 3 years), but also 48 months (4 years) or 72 months (6 years) . Accordingly, the amount of time you have to spend on your distance learning per week also changes, of course. If you are not in a hurry and are very limited in time by your job, the part-time models are an ideal option for you!
Study part-time: my experiences and examples
As the author of these lines, I myself am a correspondence student and study part-time. I worked a full-time job 40 hours a week for two years until I decided to study on the side. A distance learning university is really the best option here, because a job usually means that you have to rely on your previous place of residence and you couldn’t switch to a course of study with compulsory attendance without hurdles .
I recommend that you speak to your employer and position yourself based on your own preferences. I myself reduced my week to 30 hours and signed up for full-time distance learning (3 years). So I still have a good salary and still have a little more time to study . Of course, the employer should play a role here. Otherwise there are still part-time models. In addition, each time model can be extended by another 18 months if you are unable to keep to your schedule – completely stress-free.
If the employer is positive about the whole thing (has many advantages for it , as already mentioned above!), There is even the possibility that the employer will co-finance the study. Here you should find out more about the possibilities on the respective website of the Fernhochschule .
What I can recommend …
From my own experience as a part-time student at a distance learning university, I can recommend the IUBH distance learning university. Here you can complete your studies (!) Without compulsory courses. The exams can also be written online and the learning material is available as a script, video, podcast or as an interactive book to take part in. The possibilities are ideal and far better than at a normal college or university.
You will even receive a free iPad when you start your studies and you can get it once you have successfully completed your distance learning . I have contact with other students from my degree program through a WhatsApp group, in which we exchange information about current events, experiences and learning content almost every day .
If you are stuck in the middle of your professional life, I can only recommend a distance learning course at the IUBH . The courses are diverse, accredited, recognized by the state and not dependent on any location.