During seminar my first term, the professor actually put up a power point slide show pointing out basically what another poster here said.....they broke it down. In our program, we are to expect the following each week:
Classroom hours: 13
Reading/Studying Time for those class hours: ~15-20
Clinical hours: 20
Clinical prep/post hours: 5-6, minimum
Clearly this is more than a full time job. And it was stressed to us that to be successful, we really should put in that 15-20 hours reading and studying, although they conceded that most don't. At first. Until the first grades come in.
The discussion then went to the fact that while they know we all have to support ourselves somehow and therefore most of us do work, ultimately, this is a full-time day program and the program is set up to be a FULL TIME program.
And then they finished with: every graduating class experiences approximately a 30% divorce rate from when they entered the program to when they graduated. They told us that not to discourage us, but to encourage us to work with our spouses/significant others and be honest about what a toll it will take on us. We were "assigned" the "homework" of sharing that powerpoint with them and then to sit down and work a plan that will give us the time we need to do what we need to do. And *also* to listen to them and make sure we hear them as they tell us what they need from us.
My own particular method is to study after school until dinner (he cooks). During dinner, we start a DVD we've rented and watch it. After the DVD is over, I go back to studying. Most nights we do go to bed at different times, but I make a point of turning in when he does at least twice a week, even if it means I have to get up early the next day.
For friends and family, I simply send out an email at the start of each term that gives an update, asks them about what's going on in their lives, then saying, "peace out; I'll talk again in three months!!!!"