Balancing work and study

Many of our students have to juggle their academic commitments with the ongoing demands of their career or business. Of course, this has its benefits — not only will you earn while you learn, but you'll also be able to draw on your work experiences for your studies, and vice versa.

Nonetheless, striking the right balance can be tough at times. So here are a few tips to help you find harmony between your work and study.

Keep a diary
It sounds simple but keeping an up-to-date diary of all your work, study and personal commitments — whether on your phone or in physical form — can be a real asset throughout your learning journey. The more you can avoid diary clashes or deadline-day panics, the easier your life will be.

Study smart
Wherever possible, try to integrate your studies into your normal day-to-day routine. For example, read your course materials on the train to work or try recording your lectures and listening to them while driving. It might not always be your ideal study environment, but it will help you stay on top of your study schedule.

Reward yourself
Your time is limited so it's important to be disciplined — but be kind to yourself too. If you set aside Saturday morning to work on an assignment then maybe reward yourself by taking Saturday afternoon off to watch the football or go to the park. Everybody needs a bit of downtime.

Talk to your colleagues
If it's appropriate, tell your employers and your work colleagues about your studies — you might be pleasantly surprised by their reaction. The more people understand what you're up to and why you're doing it, the more likely they are to offer their help and support.

Consider taking an accelerated degree
With our accelerated degree programmes, the schedule is a bit more intense but you'll graduate a whole year sooner — which means less time having to balance your work and your studies. Read more >

How we can help

Remember, if you're having problems managing your studies, we'll do everything we can to help. Talk to your personal tutor, talk to your degree programme supervisor, or talk to the Wellbeing team. Our culture of support means there's always someone on hand who will listen to your issues and help you find a suitable solution.

What our students say about balancing work while studying for a degree...

Samson Dauda
BSc (Hons) Business Management (Accelerated with Foundation Year)
GSM London gave me the opportunity to study the BSc (Hons) Business Management plus Foundation Year in just three years. I needed to continue working alongside my studies, so this flexibility was really important to me.
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