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    Good afternoon my fellow mature students/prospective student,

    I hope all is well.

    I have just been offered and accepted to study BSc in Business and Information systems 2-3 evenings a week at Birkbeck University of London and although I am extremely excited and happy I am also worried about how I will get on working a 9-5 job Monday to Friday and studying 2-3 evenings a week from 6pm-9pm.

    Have any of you done intense evening study alongside working a full time job? How did you cope? What advice would you offer in regards to creating time to study and socialise?

    All advice is greatly appreciated
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    (Original post by Quintilius)
    Good afternoon my fellow mature students/prospective student,

    I hope all is well.

    I have just been offered and accepted to study BSc in Business and Information systems 2-3 evenings a week at Birkbeck University of London and although I am extremely excited and happy I am also worried about how I will get on working a 9-5 job Monday to Friday and studying 2-3 evenings a week from 6pm-9pm.

    Have any of you done intense evening study alongside working a full time job? How did you cope? What advice would you offer in regards to creating time to study and socialise?

    All advice is greatly appreciated
    Firstly, congrats on getting in!
    I work full time but have just finished a post grad at Brighton Uni. It was two years of weekly lectures 2-8pm once a week.
    I found that during the week I was too tired to even attempt any uni work- i really beat myself up about this too!
    By the second year i had realised that studying was going to take over my social life quite a lot, but knew the sacrifice would be worth it in the end. I took myself off to the library on a Saturday, then tried to get through as much work as i could so that i wouldn't feel so guilty about taking time off to relax on Sundays.
    You can do it! There will be massive ups and downs, but its honestly worth it in the end. I'm sure there will be others on the course in similar situations too, so you will have a support group around you to share how you are feeling with!
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    (Original post by Quintilius)
    Good afternoon my fellow mature students/prospective student,

    I hope all is well.

    I have just been offered and accepted to study BSc in Business and Information systems 2-3 evenings a week at Birkbeck University of London and although I am extremely excited and happy I am also worried about how I will get on working a 9-5 job Monday to Friday and studying 2-3 evenings a week from 6pm-9pm.

    Have any of you done intense evening study alongside working a full time job? How did you cope? What advice would you offer in regards to creating time to study and socialise?

    All advice is greatly appreciated
    Congratulations.

    I did something similar a few years back. I'm not going to lie, it was tiring. You need to be really organised but I was still able to keep some sort of social life at the weekends and it didn't affect my day job at all.

    Every week I gave myself a certain amount of work to complete. It wasn't always easy but as soon as I let it slip it all became too overwhelming so it soon became habit and made sure I didnt fall behind. If I had much reading to do I would even take it with me for during lunch break at work. Was just fitting it in anywhere.

    Also if you have family make sure they are aware you need a certain amount of quiet uninterrupted time to complete your work each week (a timetable of sorts). I don't have kids, just a partner but even he needed guidelines lol.

    I hope that's at least a little helpful and all the best in your course ☺


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    I would ask your question on the Open University page. Many OU students combine part time study with full time work or other committments so will be able to give you advice, etc on how to manage both.
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    I've just finished my first year at Birkbeck, having worked full time during the day and being a single parent. Honestly, it's not that bad. I had a routine and I got used to it very quickly. In fact, I got more sleep than before I was at uni! You'll be fine as long as your realistic with yourself about the time you'll need to devote to independent study and get yourself in a routine. I was only actually in uni for 6 months of the year as the final term was revision and exams but again, this depends on your course as I know some were still in lectures until July


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