Going to school at night can be challenging, especially after a long day at work. However, the choice to go to school at night speaks volumes about the individual who decides to embark on this journey. It is a reflection of how much importance they place on education.
Some of the challenges usually encountered by people in night school are:
- conflicts with family life
- difficulties concentrating after a long day of work
- finding time to study
- not getting enough sleep and being hungry during class
These are some of the more common challenges that people encounter.
If you happen to be married and have kids, the first thing you need to ensure is that you have the full support of your family before you sign up for classes.
Night school for married people is a sacrifice that the entire family is making, since your spouse, by default, will have to take on more of the chores that you both shared.
If you have kids, the situation becomes even more complicated, because your spouse not only has to feed them, help with homework, bath them and put them to bed and take them to their after school activities, but also a host of other activities.
Work and Study
People who work should try to select classes on nights that aren’t too busy at work, if at all possible.
Forming study teams that meet over the weekend, on either Saturdays or Sundays is a good way to catch up on any material that hasn’t been fully grasped or to follow up on assignments.
Forming study groups with students that are doing well in the class or maybe have fewer responsibilities than you do, will give you an opportunity to stay abreast of all of the class work and assignments.
Students, who leave for class directly from work, should leave work a little earlier on the nights that they have class in order to have enough time to get something to eat before class.
Students should avoid going to class on an empty stomach in order to avoid the distraction of thinking about food in class.
Night school is a wonderful opportunity to combine the financial obligations we have that lead us to work and also continue to further our careers or personal interest through education.
Anyone who signs up for night school has demonstrated their commitment to education and a determination to grow.
Night school can be very challenging for married people and especially married people with kids. When your family is getting home from school and work, you are heading out to school. As long as you have a supportive family you will be fine.
The key to being successful is to make sure that your family fully understands the commitment involved with a mother or father who is enrolled in night school.