So what would it take, on average, to do well in regards to study time?

So what do you guys think?

  • Too much!!! All of that isn't needed to ace prereqs. Drop it down a bit

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  • Good Strategy...you should be fine

    Votes: 8 80.0%
  • Bad Strategy...not efficient

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Not enough!!! You need to study even harder

    Votes: 0 0.0%

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thirk_dds

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I plan on restarting prereqs in Spring '17 for d school and have been doing serious research on study habits. I will have to work 30 hours a week at least but I probably move my days around classes. I will take chem 1 and bio 1 (don't know about labs yet), but what would be a good study average time to do well? I know there are no exact formulas or anything, but, I was considering on going for 2 hours/class and 6-7 days/week. Is this overkill??

Daily Strategy: Dont miss classes (ever)
Read ahead in book and take notes/go over slides
Take notes to class and take class notes to compare the two to find what's really important
Stay ahead so i have at least a day/class to do problems/questions on weekends for each chapter
Study a week in advance for exams doing nothing but problems/questions, or seeking additional help.

I would like to apply this concept to every science course....Too much????
 
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fogorvostan

My undergrad told us to expect to study 3 hours per credit hour each week. So if you took a 3 credit hour course, expect to put in 9 hours a week studying for that class. If you took an 18 credit hour semester, than you will be studying around 54 hours a week. Obviously this varied based on the difficulty of the class, how well you studied, and whether it was midterms/finals week.
 

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For me, it was however long it took me to rewrite my notes and study ahead for the next day. Sometimes that took like 2 hours and I had the rest of the day free, sometimes I was studying until midnight!
 

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Sometimes, I think that people - myself included - put too much investment in the amount of time they have/will study rather than how much they actually learned. This method really helped me utilize my study time more efficiently and saved me hundreds of wasted hours in the library. I hope it helps.
 
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thirk_dds

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Sometimes, I think that people - myself included - put too much investment in the amount of time they have/will study rather than how much they actually learned. This method really helped me utilize my study time more efficiently and saved me hundreds of wasted hours in the library. I hope it helps.
Watching now. Thanks bro
 
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thirk_dds

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For me, it was however long it took me to rewrite my notes and study ahead for the next day. Sometimes that took like 2 hours and I had the rest of the day free, sometimes I was studying until midnight!
Yeah exactly, then I have to do this for both classes outside of work
 
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thirk_dds

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My undergrad told us to expect to study 3 hours per credit hour each week. So if you took a 3 credit hour course, expect to put in 9 hours a week studying for that class. If you took an 18 credit hour semester, than you will be studying around 54 hours a week. Obviously this varied based on the difficulty of the class, how well you studied, and whether it was midterms/finals week.
What's funny is if you break it down per week, on average it's only an 1.5 hours/day/class...not too much
 

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Everyone is different... You'll quickly figure out how many hours YOU need to put in to do well after an exam or two.
 

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It definitely varies. A good rule is 2 hours for every hour you're in class. 1 hour to prep for the next class and 1 hour to review last class. However for Ochem it turned into about 3-4 hours a day of studying. It varies for sure
 
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