Going back to school for single moms comes with its fair share of challenges. After all, not only are you balancing the responsibilities of everyday life, but you’re also raising and caring for a child. The good news is that going back to school can help you in the long run.
According to Worthy, unemployment rates sharply decline for individuals that only have a high school diploma. 4.1% of individuals with only a diploma are unemployed compared to 2.2% of those with a college degree. The percentage continues to decline the higher education someone gets.
Gaining your college degree or certificate can help you be competitive when it comes to getting a better job. And that job will significantly improve opportunities for you and your family.
But for many single moms, it’s the fear of taking that big step that keeps them from doing it. Here are some things single moms can do to bolster their confidence and tackle their dream of higher education.
How Single Moms Can Gain More Confidence
Confidence comes in many different forms. One way to maintain your confidence is to work on staying motivated.
How to Stay Motivated
Here are a few tips from Maryville University on staying motivated when returning to school or going for the first time as an adult:
- Build a relationship with your advisor and trust them to guide you. If you’re feeling a lack of motivation, reach out to them to go over your plan and get a little extra confidence boost.
- Take it step-by-step. Start with one or two classes and work your way up as you get in the flow of things. Don’t throw yourself into everything all at once.
- Meet other students and make plans to study with them. Being around other dedicated and hardworking students will inspire you to do the same.
- Get your family on board. If you have a fantastic support system, you’re much more likely to keep pushing forward.
Get Better At Time Management
Most moms are great at creating time for things between the hectic schedule of raising children. So, you might already be well suited for this.
Here are some tips to consider:
- Schedule everything into your calendar. Beyond just appointments and classes, put in your study sessions, deadlines, due dates, and more. Seeing them when you wake up every day will remind you what you have coming up.
- Use quiet time to study. Finally, got the kids to sleep? Time to get a little study session in.
- Create new activities for the kids that give them something to do and more time to study for your classes.
- Use the time you have — that means lunch breaks, while on the bus, or even while waiting for doctor’s appointments — they’re all opportunities to study and finish classwork.
Develop Concrete Study Habits
Studying is the most important thing you can do when it comes to going back to school. Developing your habits and sticking to them can make all the difference. Here are some great tips:
- Get a study group together and meet once a week to help each other stay on track.
- Use your early morning coffee time as some added study time. Get your reading in while your brain is fresh.
- As we mentioned above, putting study time in your calendar the same way you would a doctor’s appointment means you’re fully committing to taking that time for yourself.
- Know what learning style you have and adapt your study habits to fit it. Are you a visual or kinesthetic learner? Once you know, you can level up your studying game.
Going back to school is a huge life change that won’t be easy. With the right plan in place, you’ll feel confident, motivated, and ready to learn.