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.
Let me tell you (an inappropriate) true story…
It was high school Spanish class…
I was a Senior in a class of Sophomores. There was one other Senior in the class. Best of all –
She was smokin’ (as the old folk say.) She was gorgeous. 10 out of 10. Tight jeans. And she always sat right in front of me in class (gulp.)
We were the only Seniors in the class. By default… that made me the coolest guy there… And trust me… I’m never the coolest guy there.
But we’d talk. Sometimes in class she’d lean over. I’d continue to pretend me importa la espanol stuff pero… Seriousamente… 😛
Sure… I’d show up to class. But my brain rarely stuck around for the lecture. And that’s why you might not be surprised I was getting a C- in class.
It’s funny how that stuff that distracted me in highschool wasn’t so problematic in college where I took a double course load and still scored near the top of my class…
You don’t need to be perfect to score near perfect.
You just need to know how…