For adult learners, finding the time to study after work can be difficult. You may have kids that need your attention, housework that needs to be done, or you may even just need some time to sit back and relax. Whether you have other responsibilities to attend to or just crave your time or unwind after a long hard day at your job, getting back on track and sticking to your goal of studying after work will take some effort.
Luckily, there are tips that you can use to help you block out everything else and focus on what you need to do.
Let's assume that you are trying to earn your distance education degree, so you not only have to study at home, you learn at home, too. However, you also have a 2-year old who wants your constant attention and a 7-year old who needs help with her own homework. In this type of situation it is best to get your spouse involved or to hire a "parent's helper" who can come over for a few hours each evening. These are people who can give your children what they need for a few hours, while you get your studies done.
Once your children are taken care of, you need to find a quiet place to study. It is important that you go into another room, where you can study without distractions. If you have a spare room, it is a good idea to turn it into an office space where you can close the door and not be bothered for a few hours, while you are studying for your distance education degree. If you don't have a room that you can use exclusively as a workspace, then it may be wise to buy or rent a cheap laptop, so that you can move into another room when it is time to focus on your school work.
If you are having trouble clearing your mind, you may want to take a few moments to do some breathing exercises or to meditate. Even a quick yoga session may help you clear your mind, so that you can focus fully on the task at hand. Make sure you have everything that you need for the next few hours, including a bottle of water, so that you don't have any excuses to distract yourself from your study time.
Although many people are tempted to wait until after their family is in bed to start studying for the evening, that can be risky because you may be too tired to really concentrate. Plus, if you study too late, you may find it difficult to get up for work the next morning. It is important to remember that getting a distance education degree can be tough, even tougher than taking classes on campus, but the rewards are great. Keep that in mind and finding the motivation you need to study after work may be easier than you think.
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