As a student, making the most of the time you have is vital to having a successful educational career. While you might want to spend all your time socializing, that’s not a realistic way to manage your time if you plan to graduate school with a degree you can then use in the workforce. So to make the absolute best use of your time, you may want to consider switching some things up in your life, especially where it involves spending a lot of time.
One area you likely can cut down on a lot of time is on your commute. Depending on where you live in relation to where you’re going to school, you could be saving yourself a lot of time by trying a different form of transportation. To show you how, here are three ways you can use your school commute to your educational advantage.
Join a Carpool
If you frequently have to drive a reasonable distance to your school’s campus, that’s a lot of time you’re spending in the car that you could be spending studying or otherwise furthering your education. One way to alleviate this issue is to find others near you who travel to school and forming a carpool with them. Not only will this give you time in the car to do work if you’re not driving, but Justin Smith, a contributor to Edmunds.com, shares that people who carpool can save time on their actual commute by taking advantage of HOV lanes. This can make the commute of carpoolers much faster than the same routes taken by single-occupied vehicles.
Take Advantage of Public Transit
If you’re not interested in forming a carpool with other students in your area, another option you could look into is that of using public transportation. Luckily, many towns or cities that house universities have the infrastructure for public transportation because of the number of people the university brings into the area. This means, if you haven’t used public transit in the past, it may be easier than you think. For those needing even more convincing that public transit could be just what you need to spend more time focusing on school work and less time getting from point A to point B, the American Public Transportation Association shares that using public transit also saves money on vehicle maintenance and gas.
Live Closer to Campus
When all else fails with regards to your commute, you can always change your living situation so your commute in essentially gone. Living closer to campus will help to eliminate the time you spend traveling to and from school, helping you to take the most advantage possible of the limited amount of time you have to get your studying in.
Time is precious when it comes to your education. So to help you make the most of your time at university, consider the tips mentioned above to help you use your commute to your advantage.