An important key to
successful time management returns us to one of our
general rules for good study habits:
You must take studying
seriously and make a commitment to your work.
This means prioritizing your
academic and social activities to ensure that there
is adequate time in your schedule to complete all
Many new students fail to
realize that carrying a full load of college credits
is essentially equivalent to having a full-time job.
In other words, to understand the material in each of
your courses at a level the professor considers
adequate, you should plan on studying between 2 and 3
hours for every hour you spend in lecture. Thus, for
a 3-hour lecture course, you should be spending 6 to
9 hours per week outside of class studying your
notes, doing assigned readings, preparing for exams,
and so forth. For a schedule with 12 credit hours,
that means 24 to 36 additional hours of out-of-class
effort to adequately understand the material.
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