If you’re among the many hard-working, non-traditional students trying to balance the daily work grind with getting an education, the struggle is real! After all, there’s no mercy from an early alarm clock waking you for the day shift after a late-night session cramming for an exam. It’s true. Having it all one day, pretty much means doing it all, in the here and now. Not to worry my sleep-deprived, dream-chasing friends! Because there are some things you can do to make your life more mellow than mayhem during your journey to the future. It’s all about creating the right conditions for your own personal success! And that means establishing the right habits of a successful college student. Habits that will help you achieve balance and get you to the finish line as a successful student and a happy human.

Get to know what kind of student you are

You know you better than anyone. So, if you’re one of those chipper, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed morning people, use that to your advantage. Get up a little earlier to study or finish homework before you head to work. If you’re a night owl, set aside time in the evening when you’re feeling the most productive. Dialing in to your own traits and arranging your schedule accordingly is a great way to maximize your efforts.

Find your happy place for studying

Create a space in your home where you actually enjoy being for studying. Make sure it’s comfortable, free of clutter and also free of distractions. Grab a Bluetooth speaker and play your favorite music to chill (study) by, or if total silence is your thing, choose an area that is quiet. The point is to create an inviting space that optimizes learning.

Catch the right number of zzzzz’s

According to a 2019 study published in the Science of Learning, students who slept more and had a better quality of sleep throughout a semester had 25% higher grades than those who did not. Sleep matters! And there is no amount of caffeine or high-octane energy drinks that can substitute for real, restful sleep. Make a concerted effort to get at least 8 hours to rest that overworked brain and body.

Don’t forego self-care

Have you heard the saying, “Don’t get so busy making a living, you forget to make a life”?The same goes for getting your education while you make your living. We all need to take some me-time to remember why you’re doing all this in the first place. Even if it’s just a quiet walk in the park, a picnic with your significant other or a drive up the coast – do it. You won’t be sorry.

Take advantage of your resources

If a particular class is giving you heartburn, ask for help from your instructor or find a tutor so you don’t get discouraged and stuck in the mud of trying to go it alone. And have a solid support system in place. If you’ve got a family and even more to worry about than just work and school, lean on your friends and family whenever possible. After all, if anyone wants you to succeed, it’s the people closest to you. So, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

Make technology your friend

Staying organized is half the battle when you’re trying to balance a lot. Use those smartphone apps to keep your schedule organized and set reminders for things so nothing slips through the cracks when life gets crazy.

Just these few tips for habits of a successful college student can really help improve your education experience. Above all else, keep your eye on the prize – the future you dreamed of! If you’re considering changing your future in an exciting new direction, check out the programs at Summit College. Summit is helping students transform their futures with hands-on training in technical programs including – HVAC, Welding and Electrician. Or if you’re interested in a career in the healthcare industry, Summit also offers several options under the Allied Health program. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a campus tour.