BUDGETING TIME FOR YOUR STUDIES



There is only so much time available in a day. Careful budgeting of time -- and that means good planning -- will not only help you achieve higher grades, but will also allow you to have a satisfying social life while earning those high grades.

Remember -- even part-time students are full-time in the classes they are enrolled in. If you are a part-time student YOU TAKE LESS CLASSES....
There are no part-time classes!


As a "rule-of-thumb" you need to study at least 2-3 hours per credit hour per week outside of the class, i.e., in a 4 credit hours face-to-face class you should study a minimum of 8 hours per week outside of class -- a little more than an hour per day. In an online class -- where there are no classroom meetings, you have to add the number of hours your class would have met if it was a face-to-face class. In other words, in a 4 credit hour online class you need to study a minimum of 12 hours per week -- a little more than 1.5 hours per day. A substantial amount of that time -- about an hour per day -- should be spent logged in to Blackboard...

Some students may have to spend more time, some students less time. The exact time you should budget will depend on things like your ability to learn, your study technique, your knowledge already accumulated in the subject, and what grade wish to EARN.

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Here are some points to remember...

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"You will never find time for anything.
If you want time you must make it."
-- Charles Burton





Let's repeat the "Rule of thumb"...







As a "rule of thumb" study at least 2 hours per credit hour per week outside of the class. In a 4 credit hours face-to-face class you should study a minimum of 8 hours per week outside of class. This means a minimum of about 70 minutes per day -- for THIS class -- if you study every day! If you only study on Sundays you need to study 8 hours on Sunday...

In a 4 credit hour online class -- since there are no classroom meetings, you should study a minimum of 12 hours per week. This means a minimum of about 105 minutes per day -- for THIS class...



Again, the study time needed, may vary with your ability to learn (including how smart you are, but also how serious you are about your studies), with how efficient your study techniques are (including where you study -- with or without "loving" but disturbing spouses, kids, pets, TVs, phones and other distractions), with your educational background (including if you have had a previous biology course -- or at least a science course), how good you are with your computer (Macs are better and easier to use... ), and with the grade you wish to earn (if you wish to EARN a C you can probably get away with much less than if you wish to EARN an A).


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OK, we have discussed how much time you should spend studying. I hope this was helpful.

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