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Balancing Work and School

Students opting to work and go to school at the same time should consider taking night classes instead of classes during daytime work hours.

Written by Jul DeGeus

Have you been debating whether you should go back to school but the thought of balancing day-time classes with work and your personal life is overwhelming? We understand the struggle which is why we offer night classes for those who are looking to making the switch to an essential career. Here are some of the benefits of learning at a later hour:


The number one benefit of night classes is that it allows you to create a schedule that is best for you; you don’t have to rearrange your life to accommodate your classes. Night courses are typically structured so that classes are longer in duration than daytime classes, but they happen less frequently during the week. For example, a daytime student might attend class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 1.5 hours per day while a nighttime student will attend the same class on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 3 hours each.

Learn and Earn

A traditional full-time job is Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Unfortunately, that also tends to be the same time that day classes are scheduled. Night classes allow you to keep a traditional work schedule so that you can have reliable income while you are working to better your future. Earning while learning can help reduce the stress of bills and monthly expenses.

Classy Night Owls

Let’s face it- not everyone is a morning person, and that’s ok. A study conducted by Elise R. Facer-Childs, Sophie Boiling and George M. Balanos found that a person’s biological clock has a significant impact on their performance, both mentally and physically. Morning larks, or early chronotypes, tend to hit their stride from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. while night owls (late chronotypes) perform better at 8:00 p.m. or later. So, in other words, night classes are made for those of us who don’t like to wake up and smell the coffee.

A Different Classroom

When you walk into your night course, you might notice that the classroom is filled with a very diverse student population. People of different ages, races and genders will open the door to unique learning opportunities, all based on their personal and professional experiences. And don’t forget about your fearless leader and el capitan, the teacher. It is not unusual for your night class instructor to be a working professional in the field you are studying. This can open the door to networking opportunities, inside info on trends in your industry, and current situations to learn from.

More Prep Time

Cramming for a quiz the night before often leaves students stressed out and tired the next day. On top of that, you have a whole night’s rest between the information you studied and your test. With night classes, you have the whole day (or at least some time on a break) to prepare for your course. Information is still fresh in your mind when you enter the classroom which could increase your productivity in topic discussions and exams.

Regardless of the time of day, Tidewater Tech is here to support to you on your path to an essential career. Your education is earned, not given, so be proud of the late nights you experience on your educational journey.

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