This post may include affiliate links. Please see our complete disclosure here.If I could go back in time, right now I’d choose to go back to when I registered for classes for this semester. I would have shaken myself and asked me if I was crazy, and why did I think it was OK to register for a 13 credit load. Particularly, one which includes Constitutional Law and College Algebra (I am not a math person). However, as popular culture has educated us, messing with the past is tricky business–if I had done that, I wouldn’t have learned how easy brown butter salmon is.
Time Management Tips for Adult Students
The truth is, going to college as an adult with a full-time job, home ownership (including HOA) duties, and all the other things on our plates is hard. But it’s do-able. Here are my tips for how I succeed in school, get everything turned in on time, and still work full-time at the law firm and here on the blog:
- Use a planner. Whether it’s old-school pen & paper style (use something you love, like The Simple Elephant) or an online project management tool (I like Asana), you’re going to need to keep track of all the many deadlines in your life.
- Be a morning person. If you’re a night owl by nature like me, I know you didn’t want to read this. But trust me when I say that getting up a couple of hours early to get some study or homework time in will save your behind.
- Read your syllabus early and adhere to it. Those syllabi aren’t handed out just to give you something to doodle on. Read it and understand the curriculum. Ask questions. If you’re taking online classes, double check the anticipated hours per week for the course and be clear on deadlines. If you’re taking a course you’re not super fond of (*ahem* algebra), then allot yourself extra time to work on that class.
- Communicate. This isn’t so much a time management tip as it is a life tip. If you see yourself falling behind, don’t be too proud to call or meet with your professor and explain. I have only had to be late once and a little advance explaining helped me not take a hit to my grades as a result. That said, this was only after it had been established that this was not going to be a habit.
Brown Butter Salmon
Not only is brown butter salmon easy, it also tastes like high-end dining. Shop smart for your salmon and herbs (or grow your own herbs) and this could be a budget dinner.