5 Ways to Find Time for an MBA program
School is always a time-consuming endeavor, and to many people it seems impossible to find the time to pursue advanced degrees while they are busy working jobs to pay bills and in some cases loans from their undergraduate education. An online education can work with your schedule, and with intelligent use of your time you can earn your MBA or other Master’s degree without putting your whole life on hold. Here are six ways that you can fit your higher education into your busy life:
1. Mobile Apps:
Online programs require a student to spend a lot of time looking at course materials online, but some students do not have computer and internet access with them at all times. At American InterContinental University there is an easy fix to this obstacle. AIU students have the capability to log on to their online class resources from their mobile devices. The app is available on both the Apple and Android platforms. Taking advantage of this mobile app allows you access to class materials quickly and conveniently.
2. Time Management:
When trying to fit an education into a busy schedule, it becomes extremely important to budget your time wisely. Portion certain amounts of time for each class each week, and try to get through all your work in that time—don’t let your other classes or your personal life steal time from a class.
3. Study Smart:
As a college student you will surely find yourself pressured for time. When you do, it’s very easy to neglect valuable study time until the last minute. But educational research indicates that you learn much better if you study a little bit each day over 6 days than if you study 6 hours in one day. If you study frequently and intently, you can use your precious study time more efficiently and not have to spend a whole night cramming.
4. Read Smart:
If you attack a reading head-on and try to slog through it, it can seem to take forever, and the words can lose all meaning. Try to have an idea of what you want to get from the reading, then read introductions and conclusions carefully and skim through the rest. You learn more from a quick, intelligently-guided read than from a longer read where you allow yourself to feel lost.
Another way to save time and get your reading done is to try and find audiobooks of readings and listen to these readings in your car or on your mp3 player. This way you can learn while you do your daily routine.
5. Talk-to-text programs:
Speech recognition software is getting better all the time. If you are a lot faster at talking than you are at typing, a trick you can consider is getting software to transcribe your voice for you. There are certainly drawbacks to this approach, of course. For instance, you still need to go back over the text to proof-read it and structure it. But this technique is great for at least getting your ideas down so that you have something to work with when you try to compose a piece.