Studying A Degree When You Have Kids

Studying A Degree When You Have Kids

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Having kids doesn’t mean you’re too old for school. It’s never too late to go back and pursue an education, so long as you’re motivated enough. The biggest obstacle when studying with kids is finding the time and the concentration to study. In order to help you balance the two commitments, here are a few tips on how to study whilst juggling the role of a parent.

Choose an online course

Nowadays, you can study pretty much any course online. There are even some medical degrees that can be studied remotely such as this online family nurse practitioner program. Being able to study online will allow you to study in your own time rather than having to attend set lectures and seminars on campus. This could make it easier to fit your studies around looking after your kids.

Schedule your study time

It’s important to create a weekly study schedule so that you don’t keep putting your studies off. Try to find the most convenient time for you and your kids. This could be whilst your kids are at school or late in the evening when they’re asleep. You may even be able to get a partner, friend or family member to look after the kids during scheduled times of the week. If you can afford it, you could even hire a babysitter.

Study in the right environment

You need to study somewhere that you can concentrate. Studying in the living room with the TV on whilst monitoring your kids is not going to result in much work getting done. Instead, consider designating a room as your study and encourage your family not to disturb you whilst you’re studying. If you find the home environment too distracting, you can always try a local library or a coffee bar – you may find it easier to get into the zone.  

Talk to other students with kids

It’s worth talking to other students that are also looking after kids so that you can share tips and spur each other on. Forum sites like Netmums have a whole section on studying that can be useful for talking to other parents that are also undertaking education if you don’t know anyone personally. Your college may also have a group for students with kids in which you may be able to meet other studying parents.

Look into support schemes for studying parents

The financial side of studying and looking after kids can also be a challenge. Fortunately, there are schemes out there such as childcare grants, parent’s learning allowance and other support funds offered by the government, by charities and even by colleges. You should ask your college about these schemes. Certain support schemes may only be available to students living under a certain income (if you’re working or your partner is working and you’re earning over a certain amount, you may not be eligible), however it doesn’t hurt to file an application anyway just in case you are accepted.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and no other. There are no affiliate links included in this post. This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC.

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