Pre Med Student Tance asks some great questions about how to get better grades while holding down a job.
Hello Dr. Dussault,
As a matter a fact I have read your book twice already. It is truly insightful and I am truly glad I purchased it. The only dilemma I have and I hope you can help me with this – I am currently in college, in premed, and I work a full time schedule and the only shift I can work is the midnight shift. There are many nights I feel exhausted and sometimes can’t concentrate on my studies. I need the job to support me and my wife.
The only good part is my job gives me quite a bit of money to pay for school. But do you have any suggestions as far as how I can study better with this schedule?
Thank you so much.
This is a common issue students grapple with, combining work and study. In my study book, I explain in chapter 4 a 5-step system to get everything done effortlessly. So the first suggestion is go back to that chapter and re-read the suggestions. Once that’s done, I think your challenge has more to do with stamina and endurance than time management.
What happens when you work late and/or long shifts is that you get tired – usually mentally tired. You need to get physically tired and BUILD endurance and stamina – that comes with aerobic fitness. As you know I’ve achieved some pretty incredible results in school and my career. One of the reasons is that I am physically fit. I am currently ranked in the World’s Top 20 Masters Players in the 45-49 age category.
With that level of athletic activity, I have a lot of stamina and endurance to do a lot more than most people.
I know you’d like to hear something complex, but often it is the most elegant and simple solution that gets the best results.
Invest the time to get fitter – that means aerobic fitness – not strength or body building…
One last point:
Two teams are competing to saw a tree with a manual saw. Team #1 takes a 10-minute break every hour. Team #2 keeps sawing non-stop. Who cuts the tree down first?
Answer: Team #1 – they TAKE THE TIME to sharpen their saw.
I know how obvious this is after-the-fact…