Balancing studying and caring

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Health Assured team

14 April 2023

Being a student is already a challenging task, but being a carer on top of that can make it even more difficult. As a student and carer, you are responsible for balancing your academic responsibilities with the needs of those who depend on you.

It’s important to remember that you are not alone in your struggles. Many others like you are facing similar challenges and trying to balance their roles as students and caregivers.

How to balance being a student and carer

One of the biggest challenges faced by students who are also caregivers is finding enough time in the day to complete all their tasks. Being a student and a carer requires careful planning, time management skills, and support from family and friends. In this article, we’ll discuss tips on how you can balance being a student and a carer.

  1. Prioritise your responsibilities

As both a student and a carer, you have multiple responsibilities that require your attention. To avoid feeling overwhelmed or burnt out, you should prioritise the most important tasks first. This will help make sure you attend all your classes as they are essential for academic success, while also ensuring that your care duties are fulfilled on time.

  1. Create an organised schedule

Creating an organised schedule can help you manage your time effectively. By allocating specific times for studying and caring duties you can prevent you from neglecting either of them. To help with this, you can use digital tools such as Google Calendar to create schedules with reminders, so nothing falls through the cracks.

  1. Seek help when needed

It's okay to ask for help when you need it; no one can do everything alone. If possible, you can try delegating some of the care tasks such as grocery shopping or house cleaning if there is someone else who could take over these roles temporarily while allowing you more study hours during exam periods.

  1. Communicate with your teachers

If you're struggling with balancing studies alongside caregiving duties it important to speak up about it – communicate with your teachers early about any potential challenges ahead so they understand why deadlines may be missed occasionally. This open communication will help give your enough time to plan around exams, rather than having last-minute panic.

  1. Take breaks regularly

Taking regular breaks throughout each day helps prevent burnout which ultimately leads us towards better productivity levels – meaning we'll get things done faster too. This could include taking short walks between study sessions (or even just stretching), reading something non-academic before bed, or watching your favourite television show. These moments of rest will help ensure you have some time for yourself without worrying about your responsibilities.


Balancing being a student and a carer requires careful planning, open communication, and in some cases support from those around you. By following these tips and staying focused on what matters most - academic success alongside caregiving responsibilities – you can start to balance both roles without feeling overwhelmed.

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