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?
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.
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.
>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.
>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.
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.
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.
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.
You couldn't have made it more obvious that you're an engineerfag.
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.
>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
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
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.