5 Pro Tips to Start the School Year Right

Work-Life Balance

The new academic year is here! If you’re an online student, that probably means you’re looking for a balance between work, school and life. Here are some quick tips to help you find it.

1. Raise your hand

Always ask questions. Your online classes use interactive technology to keep you connected with professors and peers. Plus, the University of Arizona offers tons of resources to online students, including Think Tank, which provides free tutoring services and academic support.

2. Change the landscape

Studies show that swapping scenery helps with retaining information. We know your home office is super comfortable, but staying mobile has its advantages. Just remember, no homework while driving!

3. Get some sleep

It can be tempting to burn the candle at both ends or try to “catch up” during the weekend. Social jet lag is real, and it can have a real impact on your health and grades. The best path to better sleep? Check number 4.

4. Manage your time

Make a schedule and stick to it. Online students can attend class at any time of day, but getting into a routine can help realign the rest of your life, whether it’s getting the kids to bed on time or planning the week’s meals.

5. Start looking ahead

In a recent Gallup study, two out of three UA alumni said they have their ideal jobs. They achieved this by using tools like the Wildcat Career Network, which connects you with mentors in your field, and by talking to their advisers about opportunities like internships.