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Becoming a Master Juggler

Hello!

I begin my classes August 17th. Currently, I'm working 11-7 as a Med tech in an assisted living facility. My hours will be cut on the next schedule due to class times. I'm paying for school out of pocket so working is a must do. I'm married and have a mother with vascular dementia at home to care for. My question is this... any suggestions on juggling it all? Making time for studying and family? The job affords me the opportunity to take my books with me and study there as this shift is usually very quiet.Also, this job is stressful as I'm having to fight with other employees to stay awake and do their jobs. Need stress relief tips too please. Thanks in advance...

Kelly

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

I used to read my notes into a recorder so I could listen to it while I drove to school and work. Try to eat healthy, exercise and guard your sleep as the precious commodity it is. Other than that I'd advise attempting to really kick butt at the beginning of the semester so you have some leeway grade wise when you are cross-eyed with exhaustion at the end of the semester.

I admire your moxie and wish you all the best.

I used to read my notes into a recorder so I could listen to it while I drove to school and work. Try to eat healthy, exercise and guard your sleep as the precious commodity it is. Other than that I'd advise attempting to really kick butt at the beginning of the semester so you have some leeway grade wise when you are cross-eyed with exhaustion at the end of the semester.

I admire your moxie and wish you all the best.

Thank you for the advice. Buying a micro recorder tomorrow!

Jules makes a good point with being burned out at the end of the semester. It's the end of a summer term, and everyone is dragging.

Us nursing students have to learn how to prioritize our time. Cut out anything that takes up extra time from what's important.

And you'll find that you juggle things differently from one semester to the next; depending on what classes are going on, and if you have clinicals.

Make sure you sleep, and eat, and take a breather between study breaks!

Thank you for the advice. Buying a micro recorder tomorrow!

Just check with your school first. Mine won't allow any type of recording on any type of device, lecture, lab, or clinical.... booooooo.

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

Just check with your school first. Mine won't allow any type of recording on any type of device, lecture, lab, or clinical.... booooooo.

I rarely recorded lectures. I would read my own note cards into the recorder because for some reason saying it out loud seemed to cement it in my head.

I rarely recorded lectures. I would read my own note cards into the recorder because for some reason saying it out loud seemed to cement it in my head.

I totally did not read your comment thoroughly! I just saw the reply about buying a recorder and didn't realize that it wasn't the typical record lectures and play them back suggestion.

I was never much of lecture recorder anyway for my prerequisites, I may just try your suggestion if I find myself needing an extra study method.

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