Study Time

  1. I'm starting school in September, and at my interview, the Director said i should plan on studying 2 hours for every hour I spend in class.
    Just wondering if this is the norm for most of you. It seems like alot! So....

    How much time do YOU spend studying each week?
    How much time do you spend studying for just nursing classes?
    How much time do you spend studying for non-nursing classes?


    Thanks!!!
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   Chrislynn2003
    Let me start by saying, it usually doesn't happen. Instructors at my school said the same thing. Now for a 3 hour class, that's 6 hours of studying, which is ridiculous. I would say that your study habits depend on how much time you will spend studying. There where many times I did not even look at my notes or textbook until a few days before an exam. Good luck!

    Christine
  4. by   Berta
    I have all of my prerequisites down. I am just taking my nursing lecture and clinicals now.My usual week is 2 hours a day at lecture for a total of 4 classroom hours, some weeks are more.Clinical is twice a week for 6 hrs each. My study time is a minimum of 20-24 hrs a week studying.(I'm slightly dyslexic ) I could probably use more. My study time is done in little chunks. 15 min while waiting for class to start, 1/2hr waiting for daughter to get released from school, then the bulk of my studying done when my kids have gone to bed.Also, some nights I have trouble sleeping and get up and study for an hour or two. Nothing puts you back to sleep faster than an hour of reading a textbook. LOL I always have a book or notes with me wherever I go so I can sneak in a little extra time.

    It may sound like a lot, but so long as you "plan" for study time each day it ain't so bad. Last semester, after lecture, I went to the library and would study for an hour or so.

    good luck, Berta
  5. by   Sheri257
    I don't think you can do this just by logging hours. It depends upon too many variables. For one thing, you either learn the material in so many hours, or you don't. You can't just say: "Ok, X amount of hours are up, I'll stop this now." Or, at least I can't. I stop when I know I've learned and covered what I need to do for the day.

    Study time depends on a lot of things. If you want A's, obviously you're going to have to study more. If you're OK with C's, you can study less. I easily study 30-40 hours a week, especially on testing weeks, but I have a tough course load and I like to get A's.

    I find I have to study a lot in the beginning of the semester but, as I get a handle on what the teacher wants, it gradually takes less time. Some teachers want you to know everything, including every detail in textbook reading and lecture. Other teachers want you to focus just on lecture. Also, general education courses are usually easier than science or nursing courses. Consequently, one course may take a lot more study time than another course.

    There are lots of factors and variables that can make big differences in study time. I think it's different for every individual and different for every course.
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Feb 14, '04
  6. by   LauraLou
    I have finished all my pre-req's, so I am only taking nursing classes. I usually study about 2 hours a day M-F and about 5 hours a day on Sat-Sun. It works out to be about 1 hour of studying for every 1 hour of class time. It really depends on how quickly you read and how much repetition you need to retain information.
  7. by   LisaRN2B
    Quote from lizz
    I don't think you can do this just by logging hours. It depends upon too many variables. For one thing, you either learn the material in so many hours, or you don't. You can't just say: "Ok, X amount of hours are up, I'll stop this now." Or, at least I can't. I stop when I know I've learned and covered what I need to do for the day.

    Study time depends on a lot of things. If you want A's, obviously you're going to have to study more. If you're OK with C's, you can study less. I easily study 30-40 hours a week, especially on testing weeks, but I have a tough course load and I like to get A's.

    I find I have to study a lot in the beginning of the semester but, as I get a handle on what the teacher wants, it gradually takes less time. Some teachers want you to know everything, including every detail in textbook reading and lecture. Other teachers want you to focus just on lecture. Also, general education courses are usually easier than science or nursing courses. Consequently, one course may take a lot more study time than another course.

    There are lots of factors and variables that can make big differences in study time. I think it's different for every individual and different for every course.
    This sounds like me. I probably study MORE than 2 hours for every hour of class time. I don't get much sleep, but I know my stuff when the test comes around. And, yeah, it depends on the course. I find I have to study longer to get my A&P to sink in, as apposed to say Algebra, which I studied a lot less for.
  8. by   suzy253
    I agree with Lizz..you can't really put a time or time limit on each subject and after 2 hrs say ok it's been 2 hrs ...now on to pharmacology or something. Just study each day and use different opportunities....just came back from getting my hair done and I sat under the dryer waiting for my highlights to take and was reading my pharmacology notes on respiratory. Got quite a bit in as well. Now I'm having a little relaxation time w/coffee and comuter and will study some more. I have so much to work on this weekend. Exam in pharmacology on Tuesday, a.m. report from clinicals, another report on respiratory, study for quiz in physiology on tuesday..etc. etc. etc. So glad Monday is a holiday and will give me xtra time.
    Do what works for you--you'll soon adapt a study routine that works best.
  9. by   Tweety
    Say goodbye to your life as you know it.

    Good luck. Wink
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    "How much time do YOU spend studying each week?"
    About 4 hours a day

    How much time do you spend studying for just nursing classes?
    About 3 1/2 hours a day

    How much time do you spend studying for non-nursing classes?
    About 30 minutes a day (only have 1)
  11. by   wonderbee
    From the time I get up in the morning, till 9:00 pm on weeknights, and 5 - 6 hours a day on weekends, I'm doing something school related. It could be getting ready for clinical, travel time, study, class time and breaks for lunch and whatnot in between. It's way more than a full time job. It's hard to break it down.
  12. by   purplekath
    I think for most people if you actually sat down to analyse it, they would be surprised to realise how much study they are actually doing in an average week.

    It's probably different for different people, but just personally I consider it a fulltime job (and then some)...I'll generally be studying or attending classes from 9-5.30 each day. If I get to study at night that's a bonus, but I don't always have the energy.

    "Studying" takes many forms though. For me it means using my big chunks of time at home (say while the kids are at school) for working on projects and assignments. When the kids are home, study is less intensive and might consist of printing out and proof-reading a draft, making up library lists, organising my diary to be more effective or collating research stuff. Reading textbooks tends to be squished around whenever I have a spare 1/2 hour or even just 10 mins. I read on the bus, on the stairmaster, in the bathtub (can't take those big chunky ones in there though. lol)

    Energy levels change too. Some days I can stay focussed all day. Other days it's fighting a losing battle and I have to be content with a couple of hours max. As long as I'm studying some each day, then it works out.

    Hope that helps :-)
  13. by   Pab_Meister
    Hi Glopop,

    Pretty much everything I do in a day is school related. Either driving, studying, stressing when I can't study, heck, I even dream about nursing school most nights - and I am not kidding!

    I am taking 14 1/4 credit hours. If I only spend 40 hours per week outside of class time on my school work then I am behind in my studies. Bring pictures of your family to school with you so you don't forget what they look like. Put a picture of yourself on your pillow so your mate doesn't forget what you look like - you'll do fine.

    The good news - remember the slogan for the Peace Corps? "It's the toughest job you'll ever love" - it applies to nursing school too.
    Last edit by Alexander on Feb 14, '04
  14. by   RedSox33RN
    Bring pictures of your family to school with you so you don't forget what they look like. Put a picture of yourself on your pillow so your mate doesn't forget what you look like - you'll do fine.


    LOL!! This is sooooooo true! I'm not even IN nursing school yet, but have tucked my littlest kids into bed by cell phone many, many times!

    I say you have to be your best judge. You may be able to fly through some material with minimal studying, and have to work harder than most at others. If you think you know stuff, but don't do well on a test or quiz, it's back to the drawing board to rethink how you study. It will be trial and error. I've found what works best for me is NOT what worked best in HS, which was 20 years ago. Some courses I need much more time in (math-type) and some are pretty easy (English). Go with your gut. If you don't think you'll get the information quickly, allow more time.

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