How do you balance academic and practice learning as a social work student?

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As a social work student, you face the challenge of integrating academic and practice learning in your education. Both are essential for developing your knowledge, skills and values as a future social worker. But how do you balance them effectively and avoid feeling overwhelmed or underprepared? Here are some tips to help you navigate this complex and rewarding journey.

Set realistic goals

Before you start your course, think about what you want to achieve and how you will measure your progress. Consider your strengths and areas for improvement, as well as your personal and professional interests. Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) goals for both your academic and practice learning, and review them regularly. This will help you stay focused, motivated and accountable.

By Nora Diaz-Vasquez
Nora Diaz-Vasquez Career Counselor