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Personally I have not experienced working full time while going to school; I've only dealt with school full time, while working part time. However, I feel that the way to get through either situation is through great time management.
When I have a very busy schedule (heavy workload in school, as well as holding a job) it helps me to draw out a huge schedule for myself. If you have a white board then that would be particularly useful in this situation. If not, just find a big piece of paper. I basically draw out a calendar for the duration of the semester/quarter, and I add important dates (i.e. assignment due dates, exams, etc.) that way each day I can refer to the schedule to see what is upcoming. This has helped a lot in the sense that it forces me to acknowledge upcoming tasks early on and plan well, rather than reminding myself of them last minute.
I try to set goals for myself based on the schedule; for each day I try to plan when I can get certain tasks done (studying, completing assignments, etc). I try to assign easier items to busier times, and more challenging items to light/less busy times. However, I should mention that I hardly EVER adhere to the original plan! I always try to, but I inevitably take longer on some items than I had originally anticipated. Or maybe I happen to have more stamina/patience for a different subject than I had initially planned to tackle that day--and that's perfectly okay! Don't freak out if things don't go according to plan; you just have to form a new plan based on what you are experiencing/dealing with at the moment.
Since you are working full time, you may want to consider taking fewer classes, and perhaps taking some courses online--that way they can be dealt with at a time that is more convenient for you.
So I suppose the take home is to come up with an effective plan, and stay organized/on top of the important dates/deadlines. Feel free to rearrange and re-plan as needed.
Also, make sure that you take breaks as needed; do something that is relaxing or enjoyable so that you don't overwhelm yourself.
I hope that this helps!
At this point its not about the time that you are unable to make to study it is about how much you really want to make it happen?
I think, you should really ask yourself a question how it is important to you and what is your priority ?
Maybe you can just take one class per semester so you have more time for rest between work and school.
It's important to "budget" your time, just like your finances. I would suggest tracking your time for a week to see how you spend it. You will find that you have more down time than you realize. Then, structure the hours you have left after accounting for sleep, getting ready for work, driving to work, the work day, driving home, and getting ready for bed.
Think about how you can change meal prep, laundry, house cleaning, grocery shopping and where you can work in a bit of down time.
I work full time and attend school full time. I also have a child and husband. This is what my schedule looks like (approx):
Total hours in a week= 168
Work (including dressing and commute time)- 48
Eating and meal prep- 10
School (including commute)- 40
Total- 168 hours
3 days per week- work 12.5 hours
4 days per week- school and study
Put study sessions on the calender.
To ease the load or make time for other things, I will cook larger meals on fewer days of the week or ask my husband; I will get homework done during downtime at work so I can have time with family when I get home; I will do homework with my son so we can spend that time together. Also, depending on the school day, I will leave immediately after class so I can save commute time. That way, I can use that time for family or down time.
You must have self-discipline and good time management. You have to realize what is important in your life and maybe make some sacrifices in order to complete your education. THere are times I'd much rather go tot he movies with a friend but I have a paper due in two days. Knowing what you have coming up for the week will help you plan what you need to accomplish everyday. Use the things you want to do as incentive for completing your work early and then you'll feel rewarded and enjoy yourself more without feeling guilty.
I prep meals on Sundays for the week. I have my clothes for work picked out and ready to go. I have set times that I study every night and allow myself one day off completely a week so I don't feel burned out. I go to bed at the same time every night and I wake up on weekends at the same time as if I was going to work. I study first thing in the morning on Saturdays for about four hours and am done by 10:00 in the morning. I have thre rest of the day to do whatever I need to. I take my textbook with me everywhere I go. If I'm in the waiting room at the doctor's office for 20 minutes, that's 20 minutes od reading I can accomplish instead of reading outdated magazines.
There are ways you can do it. I work and go to school full time. You have to develop a structured routine and stick to it. You are doing this for your future. It WILL pay off and be worth it in the end.
Try online education. Plan and make use of your lunch time and breaks. Organize your weekend and weeknights so you can make best use of those times.