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A student's life is hard enough as it is without having to worry about finances. Constantly struggling to pass the exams or have good grades, while trying to scrape enough money for rent or a decent meal can get quite frustrating. Needless to say, many students won’t or can’t ask for financial support from their parents. 

Finding a job on the side in order to earn some extra cash is always a good idea. However, working and studying at the same is difficult and most students have trouble keeping up with both. Instead, they force themselves and end up burning out in the end. Regardless, it is possible to earn money while and maintain good grades. Here are a few tips on how to balance work and studies.

Study smart

Most students have the problem with organising their study session accordingly. That's why it is common to see students that are burning the midnight oil the night before the exams. However, by studying smart, you won't have to study hard and you can free up enough time to squeeze in a job. Determine when it suits you more to study, mornings or evenings, see whether you learn better alone or in groups, and make sure you study every day at the same time in order to be productive and consistent. This will help you study more effectively and save you some valuable time.

Find a less demanding job

The important thing is to find a job that won't take too much of your precious time and a job that won't completely drain your stamina. Students, more often than not, look for a full-time job that pays well. That's all well and fine but the trick is to balance work and studies and not to neglect one for the sake of the other. There are part-time jobs you can do that are less demanding and well-paid, such as dog walking, babysitting, and house sitting; or maybe jobs you can find on the internet like content writing, online paid surveys and blogging. Having a full-time job is good, but at one point or another, you may have to focus more on your studies. That's why a part-time job might be a better option to begin with –  you will have more flexibility when it comes to organising your time.

Organise your calendar

Knowing what awaits you up front means you can plan for it accordingly. Your calendar is your friend – it will remind you about important classes or exams that you'd otherwise forget about. There is no shame in forgetting it happens all the time, mostly because students tend to get overwhelmed with various activities. Remembering you have an important exam tomorrow you haven't studied for is really bad. That's why it is important to have an organised schedule and be prepared in advance – it will save you time and trouble of having to do everything all over again. Besides, you can't really have a job if all you do is trying to make up for all the studying you have forgotten about.

Don't forget to rest

If you push yourself beyond your limits, you will burn out and you won't have the strength or the will to either work or study. Many students get overconfident in their ability to withstand sleepless nights or endure a demanding job while preparing to pass the exams until they crash and burn. Don't be overconfident, allow yourself to rest and get enough sleep. Otherwise, you will become stressed out, you will begin to lose focus and your productivity will start to decline drastically. By wearing yourself out, you’re not only risking your job, but your academic career as well.

It’s not hard to balance work and studies when you plan ahead and organise your schedule. It’s important to stay focused and manage time so you can learn what you need in order to have good grades and have a job on the side that will bring you some income. Furthermore, make sure you are well rested – otherwise you won't be able to keep up with both work and studies.