How do you find time to study?

Allison - posted on 10/18/2009 ( 39 moms have responded )

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I went from being a stay at home mom of 4 to a full time college student and am having difficulty finding time for studying unless I get up a couple hours earlier than everyone else to study. But then I am super tired the rest of the day. So, I am just curious how do you other student moms find time to study?

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Christina - posted on 12/29/2009

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I let my kids be involved...I read my text books to them as stories...if I have flash cards to study I let them hold them up for me...I have a 9 year old and a 4 year old and they both like to help

Maggie - posted on 11/20/2009

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I have 3 little boys--ages 6, 3, and 1--and I'm going to school part time right now. I've been in school since the summer, so I've had a few months to get a routine in order, and I've found that the best time is at night. Morning would probably work well too, but my 3 year old gets up around 5 and I just can't get up earlier than that. To compensate, bedtime has moved forward an hour, and I only do schoolwork during the day when they're napping, when my husband is home, or when my mom is available to come play with them. Trying to do it while I'm alone with them just leads to me getting mad at them for being noisy or needy, and that's not fair to them. The late hours do make me tired, so I've started drinking coffee regularly (probably not the best fix, but it works for now). Good luck with everything!

Michelle - posted on 11/14/2009

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I have a 4 years old and a 4 month old. I wait til the baby is sleeping and give Connor a colorbook and colors and he does his "homework" while i do mine.

Erica - posted on 10/18/2009

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I read my text books to my little guy he can't tell the difference in kiddy books or mommys books yet so that helps with the studying and the paper writing and other assignments I do instead of doing little things around the house. We all make sacrifices for school mine just happens to be dusting, a sacrifice I'm willing to make. ;)

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Kimmy - posted on 10/20/2011

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I study when my son sleeps either during nap time or at night after he falls asleep. I am often very tired but it is what I have to do so I do it and deal with it.

Melissa - posted on 12/29/2009

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I am currently taking three classes, working a full time M-F job and my husband also works. Who watches the children while you are at school?? I've worked it out with my MIL (who watches my son anyway) and she will keep him up to 2 extra hours on occassion for me to stay at school and study. It's KILLER on my back toting all of those books around, but it gives me an extra 2 hour study session a few times a week. Also, when my husband is off, he is "in charge" of our son and I disappear for a few hours into my books. I find tind too once I put Gabriel to bed at 9, I stay up until about 10:30 studying and then head to bed because I've got to be at work in the mornings by 7. Hope this helps! Good luck!

Kate - posted on 12/28/2009

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this has really helped me thanks and am new to the site so cheers to all of you happy new year

Elizabeth - posted on 12/05/2009

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I have 5 children. It can be very difficult. I take every opportunity to leave my children with others and leave the house so that I don't clean. I make note cards and carry them in my purse so that I can go back over stuff where ever I am even standing in the grociery store line. Also, anything you can record, even yourself reading notes can be played in the car or childrenssporting events. Lastly, delegate as much of the housework out as you can and don't worry about the house being super clean.

Leah - posted on 12/05/2009

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I don't know how old your kids are but my daughter is four and I got her her own play lap top so she likes to pretend to do homework when I am. It also sets a good example and starting a homework routine early. I carry my work with me everywhere so if there is a free minute you can pull out a book or notes. Another place I fit in studying is the gym. Reading while on the stepper or the treadmill. I am starting my last semester of grad school and by now my daughter is used to me saying I have homework to do. Some schools also have a family services department that offers free babysitters at certain times of the year. Remember to ask for help because we all need it. Good luck!

Wendy - posted on 12/04/2009

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Debbie,

I am attending a online college and I have found out how to balance everything...Even though my kids are 10 and 12, they still demand my attention. The time I study and take exams is when they are in school. That I have to say is a BIG plus in my books..I am not going to you, it will take a bit to get into a schedule but when you do, you will jump for joy..With a six month old I would suggest reading, taking notes, homework when he/she is napping...Exams you may need someone to take care of the little one, but you will balance everything out in time...Good luck to you..



Wendy

Debbie - posted on 12/02/2009

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I'm fixing to start online classes and was wondering how I was going to balance home, my 6month old little girl, and classes. I really hope when I have exams that her grandmother will help out. I'm sure her daddy will....he usually surprises me and spends a lot of time with her which I didn't expect him to do at first!

Wendi - posted on 11/21/2009

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Going to school while raising kids is soooooooo hard! Ugh! I look back on my undergrad years and think "wow, I had so much time, what did I do with it all?" Now 10 years later I'm in grad school with a 17-month-old at home, and it is exhausting! Plus I work 2 part time jobs (both related to my coursework). Plus, my husband is a full time student working in his undergrad! It takes a lot of balancing, a good daycare provider, and a few helpful grandparents. Even with all this, I still had to take an incomplete last semester. Oh well, I just try to keep my eye on the prize and know that this it TEMPORARY. We'll be outta school in May 2011 and trying to get jobs in this nutty economy. lol.

Cassie - posted on 11/21/2009

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I only have 1 child. She is 2 months old and I am working on my medical degree. Honestly the easiest way I've found to be able to have study time is to read over my notes/text book or do my homework while feeding her. So every time she is ready to eat I grab my notebook or text book and read it outloud while she is eating

Diana - posted on 11/21/2009

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My oldest is 14 she is a huge help, my other children 6,8 go to bed at 8;30, I also scheduled my classes to have a couple of hour break between my morning class so I get done with class at 12 and don't have class until 3 I use this time to do homework, meet with professors and use the library. I too was a stay at home mom for 5 years. All of my children are in school so that does make it somewhat easier. We also discussed with our children the importance of school and we often all sit down and do homework together. When we are doing home work the tv is off and we play a radio quietly.

Rosemarthe - posted on 11/20/2009

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i am a full time student and i have a four months old daughter as well. The best way i study is when my little one is taking a nap or I'll have her sitting next to me while studying. i suggest you try different things to see which one works for your little one and you.

Wendy - posted on 11/20/2009

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Tara I am not sure why you just posted the quote on here. I know that alot of the mothers in this community attends full time college classes on campus. I do attend college online and it is much more difficult than people think. I may not be on a campus but I still have to utilize every bit of my time..Even I have to balance my time with helping my kids with their homework and than finishing my reading, studying, or testing..

Tamatha - posted on 11/19/2009

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study when kids are sleeping. or study while at school. stay there a little longer if you have 2

Danielle - posted on 11/18/2009

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i find time to study while my daughter naps and after she goes to sleep at night. You really have to utilize your childs sleeping time. It may not seem like alot but it helps. My lil girl takes about 2 1 hour naps a day so when shes sleeping i take time to study, clean, etc. Then at night she goes to bed at about 8 o clock so for about 2 hours after she has fell asleep i study. Its hard but as long as you got the right mind set u can do any thing. In addition to all of this ussually one day on the weekend my boyfriend lets me catch up on my hw. so this all really helps me. I hope u find some way that will help u.

Tara - posted on 11/18/2009

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Quoting Allison:

How do you find time to study?

I went from being a stay at home mom of 4 to a full time college student and am having difficulty finding time for studying unless I get up a couple hours earlier than everyone else to study. But then I am super tired the rest of the day. So, I am just curious how do you other student moms find time to study?


 

Wendy - posted on 11/14/2009

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I do not have kids under the age of 9..My son is 10 and my daughter is 12..I try to do my homework or studying when they do their homework..I have class one day a wk and after class I do my studying and test....



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Wendy - posted on 11/13/2009

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I know how you are feeling right now.. I am a full time student, mother of two kids, gf (girlfriend), avon representative and I know the word tired. I am currently living with my bf (boyfriend) but it seems like the housework/chores are never done. I attend my classes online but still there is study time. I am attending Penn Foster and dealing with two different degrees..I know how tired it is but at the end it is very rewarding. I am fixing to have my Childcare Management Certificate and than going on with Early Childhood Education. The Childcare Management is my first degree and my second degree is Vet Tech but I am changing that by the first of next year to Bachelors in Business Management...I will finish my Vet Tech program out but a much later date..

Believe me when I tell you if you attend classes on campus it is much easier than doing them online. There is so much more studying and time seems to run out before you get through the first chapter or so..

To your question, I get up a hr early to study and than wait to both of my kids go to school to finish my studying. I usually close my text books after 2 hrs and than do the housework or whatever needs to be done. If you have a extra hr take a power nap or even you have a baby or toddler at home when he/she takes a nap take a 30 min nap. You will discover how much more relaxed you are..If you cannot do that than close the books and go outside for a bit to catch a moment to yourself..

Megan - posted on 11/13/2009

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I usually get up with the baby early morning and don't go back to bed. So I study in the morning while everyone is sleeping, and when they all go to bed. It helps that my husband is also a full time student so he understands that the need is there. In honesty, whenever you can fit it in.

Cassie - posted on 10/30/2009

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I know exactly how you feel! I am a college student also and it is hard for me to find study time. my son is 15 months and always on the run. i normally do homework/study when he is napping, asleep at night, or i get to school early so i can concentrate better.

Stephanie - posted on 10/29/2009

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I know how you feel. I'm taking 7 classes now and most of them have projects/presentations/reading ALL the time. That's what college is all about I suppose. What I did was get a job on campus that allows me to do my homework and study when we're not busy. It's actually been great. My grades improved and when I'm home I can actually be mom instead of a student trying to cram. The scheduling is also REALLY flexible. I have shifts as short as a half hour or I can do 8hr days.

Gennifer - posted on 10/26/2009

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The only advice I have is, that I do my school work while the kids are at school. My children are both in school full time, so it's everyone's school time. During the summer, when I was doing school work, I did a hour of work every night after the kids went to bed. It was stressful, but I knew I was working on my future, and that is what kept me motivated.

Cassandra - posted on 10/25/2009

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I went to school full time for the first 8 months of my son's life. I studied whenever he was asleep. I literally bought dry shampoo so I didn't need to shower every day and could use that time to study instead. Sometimes I'd read my books out loud to him so I could get stuff done while spending time with him. It was hard, but worth it! Now I have a Bachelors degree!

Catherine - posted on 10/24/2009

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Well, I am also a full time student. My boys are 8,10,14. I work part-time out of the house. I study mainly on the weekends when my husband is home,and during the week after dinner. While my boys are in school, I find time to do work then also. My boys keep themselves occupied most of the time. I am able to study while they do their homework, and while they are playing their xbox games. If your children are old enough to understand, have them paper and crayons and have them draw at the table while you do your school work. Buy them some activity books to do only when it is your study time. That way they look forward to using their special activity book.

Allison - posted on 10/22/2009

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Cool, thanks for all the helpful ideas. And I am glad to know I am not the only one dealing with this. Thanks everyone :)

Kellie - posted on 10/22/2009

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OH! and make index/studying cards and loop them with a hole punch and ring...take them with you everywhere you go! If your kids are old enough they can quiz you while driving to the store or where ever. Keep them with you at work and look it over there and moment you can steal to study take that opportunity. Hope this helps. I know how hard it is, you are not alone

Kellie - posted on 10/22/2009

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As a mother of two teenage daughters 16 and (18 and pregnant) and an 11 year old son...I'll have to say...you don't find time to study...you MAKE it. You just have to. I put do not disturb mom is studying on the door of my bedroom or I leave to school and hour or two early and hit the library. It's the hardest thing I've ever done other than raising teens! Good luck and don't forget to make time for you! This is important for us to have a better life in the future.

Kathryn - posted on 10/19/2009

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I just started taking online classes a few weeks ago. The best time I find to study is at night after my daughter goes to bed. I am not a morning person at all, so i'd rather do that than get up early. I can't imagine doing it with four kids, but it is possible! Make sure your family helps you out as well. You are going to school to benefit them too so they need to respect that and pitch in. Another thing I do is do a lot while my husbands home that way he can tend to the baby. You will get a routine down! Just try a few things and don't get discouraged. I agree with Pia, good for you for going!!

Pia - posted on 10/19/2009

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As Mandy said, for big projects you need someone to babysit so you can get a whole bunch done in one sitting.

The way I study so that I'm not too tired at night is to wake up earlier then my son does and study in the morning. So I wake up at 5:30/6:00 am and study until he wakes up at 8. I find I have a fresher mind in the morning. I am tired for the rest of the day, but you could try and work out a routine so that you don't have as much to do...maybe cook meals on the weekends and freeze them so you don't have to cook every night?

You'll work out a routine with it eventually, and try and use the kids to help you if you can. So maybe they can ask you questions, you could get the older ones to help with feeding younger ones (if they are old enough) etc. Good luck!

PS, good on you for taking the plunge and going back to school! Lord knows it ain't easy!

Mandy - posted on 10/18/2009

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I agree that you have to do most of the studying when they're napping. However, it is important to find someone who can take them off your hands when you have big projects etc, because even when they're napping, they're still your responsibility and it's hard to fully focus. Good luck!!! I'm glad I only have one and will be done with classes before we have another. :)

Mary - posted on 10/18/2009

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Although I do not have four children. I only have one, but believe me, with her cousins and things she is a handful at times. I find the best time to study is either while she is asleep at night for a couple of hours or while she is in the bathtub. Let the kids play, sit in the room with them and read your book. Or better yet, find a T.V. show that they like or give them an activity to do. You can be right there with them, and still studying. That works best for me.

Nicole - posted on 10/18/2009

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I try to study when my lil one is napping or after he goes to sleep at night. When i have exams i get his grandmas to help me watch him. I am a stay at home mom and do online classes so that helps. But i try to do as much work as i can while he is sleeping and he is getting better with me having to read my books b/c he gets one of his and flips the pages as i do.

Sarah - posted on 10/18/2009

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Like Erica I also read my books out loud. If my little guy gets too fussy I take care of him lay him down for a nap and continue on. I also have my boyfriend help out. I have mid-terms this week so my study load just about doulbed my usual time. But good luck. I am sure you will find a way that fits in with your lifestyle.

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