Study Habits for Parents in School

Updated August 30, 2022

The Importance of Your Studies

It can be challenging to go back to school, especially if you’re a parent with a busy schedule. How can you possibly balance a full-time class load, a job, and commitments to your kids and family? While it’s not easy to be an adult student, it is undoubtedly worth it in the long run. Finishing your studies will likely result in a better job with higher pay. This will eventually lead to a better quality of life for your entire family. If you’re a parent heading back to school, here are some helpful study habits to make things easier!

Successful Study Habits

  • Organize and Plan Ahead. Parents and other busy individuals should decide when and where to study and for how long. Once you find a study space that suits your needs–maybe your local library or a designated spot you’ve set up at home for school work–it’s important to establish a consistent schedule for when you’ll be there. This way, you can allocate your time to other obligations more efficiently. A weekly planner that lets you map out your days by the hour is a helpful tool for balancing classes, schoolwork, work shifts, and family time each day.
  • Work Ahead. Beyond school and work, your schedule is likely packed with many family outings, kids’ after-school commitments, your own need to relax, etc. Completing your schoolwork well before it’s due will allow you to enjoy your family time stress-free. Reading your textbooks ahead of time, for example, familiarizes you with terms and concepts you’ll discuss in class. This practice will make understanding in-class lectures easier, lessening additional time spent outside of school studying instead of with family.
  • Make Every Minute Count. Find time throughout the day when you can squeeze in even just a few minutes of studying. Try reviewing flashcards or reading a few pages of your textbook while waiting for your coffee to brew, on a break at work, or in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. You can also take advantage of the blocks of time between classes to complete assignments without the distractions of home.
  • Determine Your Learning Style. Knowing how you learn best will improve your study habits and process, saving you extra time to spend with your family.

Training Designed for a Busy Schedule

Completing your career training as quickly as possible may be your top priority, especially if you’re a parent. Milwaukee Career College is proud to offer Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Veterinary Assistant, and Veterinary Technician programs that keep those with a busy schedule in mind. Students can choose from Day or Evening class options and complete their training in less than one year. This means you can be out of school and thriving in your new career in just months, not years!

Our hands-on training programs will give you the experience you need to succeed in your field of choice. In addition to equipping you with essential skills, Milwaukee Career College also offers job placement assistance to graduates! The Career Services team at MCC helps prepare students’ resumes and cover letters, provides job search tips, and shares upcoming job fairs with hiring professionals.


Contact us to learn more about MCC’s comprehensive programs and how we can help you get started on your new career!


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