This is a number that’s always driven me nuts.

Students do not need 2 hours of studying per hour of class in college. If they do need 2 hours per hour of class in college then they’re not being efficient.

I worked 25 hours a week, taking 8 college course, while biking over two miles each day and each way for each of them. That wasn’t even an extreme schedule for me. I had plenty of time and the only time I would have considered myself busy would have been during finals. I am not extraordinarily smart. There were times when I barely studied at all. (I did develop my 15 minutes a night strategy around this time too.) I scored near the top of my class.

I did this, not because I’m super intelligent, but because I was more consistent and effective than 95% of my classmates.

When you tell someone they should be studying 6 hours a week for a three hour class, you are not going to get them to study 6 hours a week! At best, you’re going to convince them to study a couple hours out of guilt while all they can think about is how much they failed to study enough (but they’ll say to themselves, “at least I tried.”)

No teacher or educator is stupid enough to think students actually follow that recommendation. It’s insanely high in hopes that it would guilt you into a reasonable number. (While at the same time encouraging terrible study habits.)

The reality is that an average student in an average school rarely needs to study to pass 85%+ of courses. A student only has to study a few minutes a night for 10-13% of courses. That last percentage of courses does require a long investment in studying but I guarantee that telling someone they have to study 6 hours a night is one of the worst ways to try and convince someone to follow through with studying.

2 Hours Per Course Hour

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3 thoughts on “2 Hours Per Course Hour

  • November 20, 2019 at 4:28 pm
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    Thanks for writing this awesome article. It’s really helped me.

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  • November 14, 2019 at 1:46 pm
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    You made some very nice stuff here. I am going to make an effort to follow your blog post as you’ve definately shown me a few important things man. Peace and blessing!!

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  • December 2, 2016 at 12:28 pm
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    This is great. There’s a lot of people who think it’s the amount of hours you put in. It’s most definitely not, it’s down to the quality of the time spent not quantity.
    Who actually studies 6 hours per night and can honestly say that you’re doing the best you can do for them 6 hours? Nobody.

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