study time

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by rdl50, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. rdl50

    rdl50 New Member

    just a quick survey for my own purposes.

    How many hours does one spend on studying?
    How many credits is the maximum recommended? ( based on 36 hours for masters)
    How does one schdule the workload? ( in terms of hours per day or everything during the weekend)
    How does it affect your social life? ( gone with the wind, non exsistant, very slow, need a diary to manage the few friends you have left, or it is party every night because you have a superbrain)
  2. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Active Member

    I probably put in about an hour and a half each day. That's going to increase once the tutorials get going but it shouldn't exceed about 15-20 hours a week.

    If you are a D/L J.D. law student, the California State Bar REQUIRES 864 hours total in a consecutive 48-52 week period. Taking two weeks' vacation, that is, what, about 17-18 hours per week or, if you take one day off, about three hours a day six days a week?

    The way they seem to figure it is 864 hours per year is nearly equivalent to a resident J.D. where the student spends about two hours preparing for each classroom hour with ten per cent or so devoted to final examinations.

    I think that's pretty close over all. Toward the end of one's law school program, one need spend much less prep time than at the beginning but overall I'd say they're pretty close.

    (For FOUR years! Getting a D/L J.D. is a HUGE undertaking!)
  3. stock

    stock New Member

    Here is my take

    1) min 20 hrs a week
    2) 8 if you want a good GPA
    3) everyday, if possible spend min 2-3 hrs
    4) forget it.. ;)
  4. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Active Member

    I agree with Stock.
  5. uncle janko

    uncle janko member

    Me too.

    My work schedule is not very rigid, so I can usually block out a chunk of two or three hours, but then emergencies come up and there's no time at all. Lesson: when you have the time, take it then.

    This sounds contrary, but make a few minutes every day, too. Even in an emergency-day situation, I can grab 5-10 minutes. Lesson: This is more important for bolstering your sense of commitment than for the actual amount of work you get done, obviously. Regularity is important (see next paragraph, too).

    You can learn when you think you can't. Make audio tapes/burn cds of your study material. Listen to them in the car, or, if you have a low-fiber meat-ridden diet, while you're on the can. Lesson: academic sh*t happens when you make it happen. (Theme song: Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "Constipation Blues")

    Some places just trigger lots of distractions. Find a productive place to study and stick to it. This does not include previous paragraph sites. My office is in the rectory, but I can't study there because I get involved in workrelated stuff or the internet. So I go to a bookstore for much of my study. The noise is less distracting than my own stuff. Lesson: Remember where you are or your mind will do it for you.

    A really good book on study strategies is Joan Bolker's "Writing Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day." Don't let the title put you off if you are not a diss-stage doctoral student. Lesson: Adjust the advice to your own work. That applies to this post, too.

    Good luck to you.

    Janko Preotul
  6. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Active Member

    Very good advice.

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