Study Tips for Stay-at-Home Mums
First of all, congratulations! You have embarked on the brave task of completing a higher qualification all while taking care of the kids at home. This task is not easy, as you have probably already found out. If your kids are quite young, finding the time to study can be painstaking and non-existent. Here are some study tips for all of you stay-at-home mums.
Being a stay-at-home mum is a tiring task, as is being a student. Make sure you take time to rest. Taking care of the kids all day will certainly make you feel exhausted and unwilling to put time into studying. Sleep is a key requirement to retaining any of the information you need to complete your school work. Try to organise time in between your kids’ daily schedules where you can relax and take a mental break. By giving yourself the time needed to mentally rest and prepare for studying, you will be much more eager to learn, and retain the information a lot better.
Keep at it
Do not let yourself get too far behind. If something comes up in any given day, your studies can easily get pushed to the end of the list. Trying to keep up with assignments and children might leave you discouraged, but do not let it! If you are unsure about studying internally in a face-to-face setting, consider taking courses online. Educational providers such as Careers Australia offer a range of online courses mixed with face-to-face resources for students of all backgrounds and lifestyles.
Make a strict study schedule
When you are studying, make a schedule of your day and stick to it as best you can. While studying and taking care of children will be difficult for the time being, in the long run you will be glad you stuck it out. Plan your assignments in between other tasks, carpools, and chores you do on a daily basis. If you have small children, take time during naps; if you have older children, their time at school will be your time to study.
Make a chore list
Enlist the help of your family members to help you get things done around the house. Make up chores that are age appropriate if your kids are old enough. Have them help set the table, put their toys away, and clean up after dinner. Any extra time you can spare can be devoted to studying and preparing assignments.
Be flexible with your expectations
While earning a qualification is a commendable feat, so is being a mum. Be flexible with your time and expectations. While a degree might take a certain amount of time, it might be that you take a bit longer to complete it, and that is perfectly acceptable. Still find time to spend with your children, and partner, and doing things you enjoy. Give yourself some leeway to change your plan to suit your and your family’s needs as they come.
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