How much should I study?
This is a question which every student asks at some point in their studies. It’s easy to be worried by classmates who claim to be up all night studying. You must remember that it’s not the amount of time spent studying, but rather the quality of the study that counts. It’s also important to note that there is no one answer for everyone. Some students study more effectively than others and will not need to spend as long studying. Each student will find some subjects more difficult than others and have to spend more time mastering those. As always, it’s best to focus on your own needs and abilities. Your goal should be to improve your study methods so that you maximize the results of your work.
Before looking at the amount of time you need to spend studying, remember the following points:-
- Some subjects consume more of your time than others. This is natural and it will depend on how much work you need to do in each one.
- It’s easy to focus on the subjects we like most, so be careful not to neglect other subjects.
- It can be difficult to keep on top of everything during the week, so the weekend can be a good time to catch up in some areas.
Every student is different, but below is a rough guide to how many hours you should spend every day on homework and study combined. Remember, it takes experimentation to find out what suits you. Your study times should most of all suit your academic needs and goals:
- First year – 1.5 hours per day
- Second year – 2 hrs per day
- Third year – 2.5/3hrs per day
- Fifth year – 3-4hrs per day
- Sixth year – 3.5hrs-5hrs per day
General Time Management Tips.
You have approximately 16 waking hours a day to spend on this “job” of academia. We can assume you might spend 2-4 hours in class, 2-3 hours socializing (a sports team, a club, activity, playing video games or just talking with friends), 2 hours eating, and 2 hours in hygiene/chores. That leaves 5-8 hours a day for studying. You can imagine that 4-5 hours of that might be spent in reading. Then 1-3 hours might be spent in reviewing for future test or writing a portion of a paper. You will need to break large papers, presentations or assignments into smaller pieces so that it can fit into this schedule and still get done on time. Weekends will give you extra time so you should use those extra hours to work ahead and get some additional reading or writing accomplished.