Balancing Priorities
Time, Money and School

The first year at university is a balancing act; the goal for a successful year is to find a way to organize study time with outside commitments such as social activities and employment.

Being a full-time university student is equivalent to working a full-time job. Having a successful first year will have a lot to do with how your student uses their time outside of class. Increasingly, U1 academic advisors are addressing concerns with students who are spending on average 30 hours per week or more on a variety of non-school activities and who are struggling to manage it all.

Jobs, extra-curricular activities and student finances need to be part of first year planning as they do take up a lot of time (and there are only 168 hours in a week). Additionally, your student also needs to schedule a set amount of time to study.

So, how do students manage academic success with their outside interests and employment? University 1 encourages you to have a conversation about priorities with your student to find out.

  1. Take a moment to complete the 168 Hour Week (PDF) worksheet with your student as a starting point, and find out how much time is available in a week to get it all done.

  2. What are the priorities in your student’s life, and what level of importance do they hold?

    • Personal care, daily routines
    • Recreation and leisure activities
    • Family, friends and social engagements
    • Employment
    • Studying at University

  3. Can the priorities be adjusted to create more time for academic studies or lighten the load?

    • Are there any extra-curricular activities that are negotiable and can be reduced?
    • What are the necessary expenses (needs vs. wants) while at school?
    • Are there expenses that can be reduced or eliminated, so employment can be decreased?
    • Can your student work more at a Summer job, so that they do not have to work as much during the year?
    • What other means of financial support are available?

A U1 academic advisor can help your student identify ways to balance academic success and pursue their extra-curricular activities and priorities.

May 27, 2015