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Top tips for dealing with family commitments

We asked our students for their hints and tips on finding time to study. Read their advice on how to deal with family commitments.

I studied whenever I was alone in the house, and grabbed any opportunities for study outside the home such as during Cub camps and sitting in doctors’ waiting rooms. When I was studying my last module I found that I could get a surprising amount of work done in the 30 minutes that my daughter was at ballet class!

Gemma, BA (Hons) Humanities with English

Don't be afraid to ask for help

I have a one year old and studying with her around isn't easy, she wants every 'toy' (book, computer, notepad or pen) I'm holding. Make sure family are aware, mother in law is invaluable, has her every Friday so I can have a day dedicated to study.

Sam, BA (Hons) English Language and Literature

Ask your family for help - loading the dishwasher, collecting dirty washing and organising themselves to take the pressure off a bit.

Libby, OU student

I try to do a little bit of reading every evening and "book" time out at the weekend for studying when my husband will amuse our little girl so I can get uninterrupted time.

Lauren, OU student

Use hidden pockets of time

Never underestimate how much you can get done in half an hour. I do just about all of my reading in 30 minute segments either while travelling or waiting in the car for the kids.

Christine, OU student

Read daily! Whether it's 30 minutes sitting in the car waiting to collect the children for piano, or standing in the queue at the airport check in.

OU student

Have you tried our Time Planner?

Use our Time Planner to see the difference it could make if you studied during some of the time you'd normally dedicate to family duties.

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