Tools and Resources for Student-Moms
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Online resources can assist moms in college with time-management and study skills. In addition, scholarships, grants, and financial aid help moms with the financial pressures that accompany enrolling in college.
Moms juggling college with the responsibilities of home life can locate online organizers, planners, and other resources to help them manage hectic schedules. Moreover, mental health resources can provide essential outlets to handle stress.
The financial pressures of attending college while running a household can be especially trying. College resources for student-moms include scholarships and grants, many of which are specifically targeted toward mothers.
Planning and Organization Resources
College for single moms is especially challenging. Balancing school and family life takes planning and organization. Moms not only need to structure their days effectively, but they also generally must manage the daily activities of other members within their household. Here are some tips and tools to help.
Tips for Staying Organized as a Student-Mom
Student-moms should aim to set boundaries for their time and energy. Finding just a few hours a day to focus on school allows students to stay on top of coursework without getting behind. The following additional tips can help:
Apps for Planning and Organization
Taking notes is an essential part of college. It is also a skill that takes time to develop and implement effectively. Note-taking apps provide adaptable features to allow learners to find a note-taking technique that works best for them.
The way students take notes also varies by course. After several classes, labs, or practical activities, it can be overwhelming to find all of your notes. An app allows you to collect notes into one place, to access notes at the ready, and to minimize clutter and redundancies.
Apps for Taking Notes
Mental Health Resources
All students need to prioritize mental health. Student-moms, with their numerous responsibilities and obligations, are no exception. Being a student-mom can add to the stress of earning a degree, especially while juggling numerous tasks and caring for others. Going to school, finding the right resources, and learning how to navigate the educational system all takes time, and can quickly become overwhelming.
Colleges and universities offer mental health services to students. Additional online mental health resources allow student-moms to be proactive in their efforts to take care of themselves, their family, and earn a degree. Consistent and ongoing attention to mental health helps prepare student-moms for overall success.
Mental Health Apps
Personal Finance and Budgeting Resources
Keeping track of personal finances when juggling family life and educational expenses can be challenging. Online budgeting resources help moms in college keep track of what they spend on family and school. Tuition, fees, transportation, and other education-related expenses add up quickly. With an app, students have help keeping track of short- and long-term budgets.
Money going out needs to be budgeted, but so does money coming in. Personal finance and budgeting apps let student-moms track loans, financial aid, paychecks, and funds from scholarships that can be used to pay for college. Student moms should also visit the financial aid department of their school for additional resources and be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.
Personal Finance and Budgeting Apps
Melissa Sartore holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her BA and MA in history are from Western Illinois University. A medievalist by training, she has published on outlawry in medieval England with additional publications on outlaws in popular culture and across geographic and historical boundaries.
Reviewed by: Rayelle Davis, M.Ed., LCPC, NCC
Rayelle Davis is a nationally board certified counselor and a licensed clinical professional counselor. As a nontraditional student, she earned her associate degree in psychology at Allegany College of Maryland. She went on to earn her bachelor's degree in psychology online at the University of Maryland Global Campus. Davis earned her master's degree in counseling education with a concentration in marriage, couples, and family therapy from Duquesne University. She has taught several undergraduate psychology courses. She is currently a doctoral student and teaching assistant at Duquesne University and practices psychotherapy in Maryland.
Rayelle Davis is a paid member of the Red Ventures Education freelance review network.
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