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Is there anyone here studying science in their own time whilst working a job?

How do you ensure you are getting a thorough education on such a limited time schedule?

I work 8.5 hour days 6 days per-week. I'm trying to give myself an introduction to Chemistry but I feel like I am getting a sub-par education through reading text books at home. It is tough to follow a real curriculum.

Does anybody feel they are doing this effectively and with success?
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>>7805461
> 6 days per-week

Fuck man please tell me that this is not a standard and that you just work a really shitty job.

This cannot be real.
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>>7805478
Telesales bru :'(
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>>7805461
are you doing problems at the end of each chapter or are you just reading the book?

This decides how much you actually learn.
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>>7805481
Damn bro. You sure that you have no way to just go into university and work part time? There must be economic aid programs that apply to you. Make science your full time job.
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>>7805486
Just reading the book.

I'm not at college level textbooks yet, when I am I think I will try and copy the curriculum of MIT or another college.

>>7805506

I went and dropped out from a crappy liberal arts degree. I'm in too much debt and feel too old to ever go back. I'm just enjoying learning in my own time. My only concern is I'm not getting a thorough education.

Also, it kind of sucks having no lab experience lel.
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>>7805563
>Just reading the book.

You should really do a few of the exercises.

>I'm not at college level textbooks yet

You don't need high school chemistry to study college level gen chem. Stop wasting your time.
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>>7805593
>You don't need high school chemistry to study college level gen chem. Stop wasting your time.

Really? Think I should dive straight in?

I've been feeling like that for a long time but wanted to get the fundamentals down.
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>>7805478
6 days a week gives you a day off every week.

and it provides you with about 7.5 hours free time per day. (assuming 16 waking hours/day, allowing for a proper 8 hours of sleep)

OPs predicament doesn't sound that bad in those terms.
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First advice is to enroll in an accredited online course for whatever you want to take, such that it will transfer to a real college when you make the jump.

Second, I make it work. It is possible. I'm 24 with two kids and work a full time job.

I wake up at 3am, study for few hours, go to work for 13 grueling hours bitching with engineers that were diversity hires and don't know shit while I tell them how to do their jobs. Then I come home and do an hour of study+eat dinner. Go to sleep for 6-7 hours and repeat all over again.
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>>7805607
the fundamentals are covered in every college gen chem textbook.
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>>7805809
I should add, the primary difference is more algebra and *maybe* some basic calculus.
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>>7805769
>I know more than the engineers do because I independent study!
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>>7805825
Dunno about that guy's situation, but one of the most important things that engineers need to learn is to listen to their techs, especially their techs with significant experience.
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>>7805769
>no time for anime

DROPPED.
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>>7805461
It sucks dick however I work like 35 hours a week when I was I university and still got my bachelors. Shit sucks.

Though I would seriously recommend doing an online university or something like that because if you're for job in the industry they'll laugh you right out without something to back up that you at least know something.
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>>7805825
You couldn't have made it more obvious that you're an engineerfag.
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>>7805809
>>7805812

>tfw don't know algebra or calculus :'(
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>>7805478
OP gets a guaranteed day off per week I'd say he's got it good
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>>7805461
I did this while I was still working. Now self-supporting. It is hard but it boils down to priorities. Some tips

1. Follow the curriculum of a leading college like MIT.

2. Do the exercises at the end of the chapter. Really. If you don't do that, you are wasting your time, at least in science/math/compsci.

3. A good book is "A Mind for Numbers" crammed full of good ideas about how to learn a technical subject - not just math. This book changed my life.

4. Make sure your textbooks have answer to selected questions. You need the feedback. (Daniel Schroeder I'm looking at you.)

Pic refers - when to start.
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>>7806658
P.S. It really helps if you can find an expert or a BBS to help you when you get stuck.
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If you were smart, you wouldn't be working
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>>7806631
>What are weekends

Britbong here: I work a 37 hour week - that's 5 days at around 8 hours each + 30 days annual holiday

I'm guessing OP is an Ameriburger? I hear you guys get fuck all holidays as well
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>>7806739
>le don't work hard, work smart meme
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>>7806739
Not everyone has generous parents to leech off of
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>>7806752

No, it's the be a NEET not a wagecuck meme
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i work full time in an unrelated field
get to study about 3-4 hours on a good day
at max i could pull off about 7 (on a working day)
that's an hour during commutes, about 2 hours at work + the evening/early morning time
don't see any issues with thoroughness
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Khan Academy dude, try that shit out!
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>>7805979
Go learn that first
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>>7807203
I wish I could study during commutes

I spend about an hour and a half on the bus 5 days a week but I can't read on vehicles without throwing up and getting a massive headache
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>>7806658
>4. Make sure your textbooks have answer to selected questions. You need the feedback. (Daniel Schroeder I'm looking at you.)

What is google for
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>>7806749
we dont celebrate holidays anymore because someone might get offended
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>>7808949
Have you considered audio-based learning - lectures, or even podcasts?
This depends on the field of interest, of course. But even for something requiring a visual or writing component, you can use the time to input data and perspective for some aspect of your study.

Alternatively (and against popular opinion here) you can try learning something unrelated to math.. something like history. Make yourself a rounded scholar. Try Hardcore History podcasts for a tasty taste.
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>>7808949

>2016
>Not watching education vidya on your celly
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>>7810684
fuck that. Reading is much better mate
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>>7810719

anon says he cannot read in a moving train tho
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