My university (and I'm sure most others) recommends that we spend 3 hours for every one credit studying ( 4 credit class = 12 hours studying and so on). Well I find that I put WAY more time than that into my studies.
I know I've said it about a hundred times on this forum, but I am taking Anatomy and Anatomy Lab (my school separates A & P into two classes) this semester. In total 4 credits... Today marks my second week of classes and I have already put in well over 50 hours of reading, open lab time, study exercises, and I watch the corresponding lecture videos from the Intro to A&P class. The videos aren't as in depth as the regular Anatomy class goes, but it gives me the basic concepts of each chapter.
So I'm wondering how much time do you put into studying? Are you one of those lucky people that can read something once and completely understand it? Or are you like me and studying becomes a full-time job?
Anatomy takes a lot of time. But it's worth it to put the time in to learn something so important to your future career. Only spend your time on the study options that really help you. Videos are sometimes good, but I found them more effective for Physiology. The best way to learn Anatomy is get the flashcards (or an app, if you prefer) and carry them with you everywhere. The short little study burst of 5 minutes waiting at the post office or 10 minutes waiting at the doctor was more effective than hours going over the same material.
You'll have other classes, like Nutrition, that probably won't be time consuming. I did it as an online summer class and spent about 4 hours total on the whole class (including studying, assignments, tests).
The 3 hours for each credit is old school. My philosophy is that any good teacher should be able to hit the highlights and not waste my time. For this reason (and to save money) I try to take well rated teachers who don't use the textbook. They tend to focus on the important information and give it to you in a powerpoint, rather than assigning you 100 pages written by a long-winded textbook author.
Last edit by CDEWannaBe on Sep 3, '13