So you’ve got a wife and kids, a full-time job and are playing in a takes-no-prisoners fantasy football league. Somehow, in 24 hours you’re supposed to meet those obligations listed and still figure out a way to study for your MBA. If only there were more hours in the day. Here’s where I can help you, read on to learn five helpful tips for full-time MBA students.
Tip 1: Relax
I know that you’re thinking the last thing you need is another guy telling you to relax. You’re probably thinking, this guy has some nerve; I work 50 hours a week, I have two kids and now I can’t sleep because I’m up all night studying! Listen, I hear you; but I’m going to say it again: RELAX. There have been thousands of people who have had it worse then you but were still able to balance work, life and school. No, studying for your MBA won’t be easy, but it is possible. My tip is to remind you to relax because it is only when one is relaxed that one can think clearly. So please, do me a favor and tell yourself that you’ll get through this trying time of your life. Tough times don’t last, tough people do.
Tip 2: Get Organized
Now that we are all relaxing and even a few of us have started singing Kumbaya, I want you to shift gears and start to get your life organized. Being organized and making a set schedule where you plan out your entire day is the only way to take back control of your life and is what will ultimately help you to become a top student. I want you to plan out exactly when you are going study, exactly when you are going to sleep and every detail in between.
Having your days planned out is the only way you’ll be able to learn where you can begin to make time for all of the important matters of your life. There are plenty of free apps you can use to help you and even an old fashioned student planner will work wonders. Get organized so you will be in better control of the situation.
Tip 3: Learn How to Speed Read
I promise you that if you are pursuing your MBA, you are going to spend much of your time reading. A very helpful skill for you to develop is to learn how to speed read. Although it’s always best to read for comprehension, if you become efficient at speed reading, you’ll be able to cover much more ground in a shorter period of time. This skill will directly translate into giving you more of your precious time back.
Tip 4: Remember to Network
In business, if there is one piece of timeless advice that’s true it is this ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know! While pursing your MBA degree, make sure that you introduce yourself to your classmates and network. Chances are, the people who you are taking an MBA class with may become industry leaders. It’s always best to surround yourself with successful people. If you make sure to network then chances are you may thank yourself in the future.
Tip 5: Study in a Group
Whether you’re studying for Maryville’s nurse practitioner degree or studying for your MBA it’s always useful to join a study group. Sometimes your classmates are able to explain topics better than the professor, or help you in areas that you’re struggling with. Additionally, joining study groups is a great way to network! Next time you have the opportunity to to join a study group, consider joining.