Part-time work is good - it provides you with a non-study environment, professional skills, social contact and so on.
But if you're casually employed, and dependent on part-time work in order to study, it can be difficult to refuse extra shifts, or refuse to accept shifts that are not 'study friendly'.
This can mean that you end up working very long hours at the expense of your academic study. And then you are in a perpetual state of anxiety because if you drive, you can't find a park when you get back to uni, you haven't had time for lunch, you're late for class, you're behind with all the reading, etc.
Think ahead - work back from due dates. Don't leave assignments, readings, etc, until the last minute. Think now about what time you need, whether you need to consider changing your work place, and when you may need time off work (eg, around exam time, major assignment time). Start planning now.
What to do?
- Approach the Careers Centre for advice on study-friendly work opportunities (eg, on, or close to campus).
- Discuss your financial options with the ANU Students' Association (ANUSA), in particular with the Welfare Officer.
- Work out an effective - and realistic - time management schedule.
- Make an appointment with an ASLC adviser to talk about how you might best manage your time.