Question on homework in college?

<p>People typically say you have 2 hours of homework/studying outside of class for every hour in class...does that 2 hours per 1 hour of class apply to just lecture class hours typically or does that include lab hours?</p>

<p>Like if a class has 3 hours of lecture a week plus 3 hours of lab...should you allow 6 hours for homework/studying or 12???</p>

<p>Depends. My Physics lab had no work outside of class but my Chem lab had a lot of work outside of class</p>

<p>The idea that you can say you have 2 hours of homework/studying per hour of class is silly. Different classes require vastly different amounts of studying. I’ve had classes where I was spending 4hrs outside of class per hour in class, and I’ve had classes where I didn’t go and spent less time studying/doing homework for the class than I would have spent in class. The one I spent 4hrs outside of class per hour in class I ended up withdrawing from, the one where I spent less time on homework than I would have in class I got an A in.</p>

<p>Seconded. It really depends on the class and the speed in which you work…</p>

<p>I’ve just heard things like that a lot that you should allow something like that per hour in class, but yes, as always there are exceptions…How do I know then if I’ll have time for each class? I’m going to be a freshman this fall and I want to take 1 more class above the normal load because I’m doing a double degree, and I’m trying to calculate study time and whether I can do that. If it helps, I’ve always taken more than the required and recommended class load in high school and still got mostly As, even in honors and AP classes (only a few Bs in all 4 years).</p>

<p>that’s pure ******** straight out of a monkey’s ass, where did you see that? there is no rule. you have to make the judgement about what course load you can handle yourself, or even better with an academic adviser. obviously an organic chemistry course will have more homework and studying than an intro to film course, and this will depend on your school, your professors, you, your friends. you also primarily judge course load by credit hours, so look at credit hours first.</p>

<p>I’m trying to figure out whether I can do my double degree in 4 years or if it will take me 5 years, so figuring out how many courses I can take is important for that. </p>

<p>I want to take 5 course units instead of the normal 4…not even sure if that’s allowed for first semester freshman year so I’ll have to check on that. One course unit = 4 credits basically at my school…so the normal load is like 16 credits and I want to take 20 credits. Although, I’m a music major (part of the double degree- BM in music and BA History) and music majors normally overload anyways with 4.25 (=17 credits) or 4.5 (=18 credits) courses units, so 5 isn’t too much. Music majors are allowed up to 5.5 course units per semester (=22 credits). Taking 5-5.5 course units (20-22 credits) per semester can either make it so I can finish a double degree in 4 years (they don’t really do summer classes) or take 5 years and add a minor if I want still.</p>

<p>Rymd, that’s actually quite commonly quoted. However, it is still inaccurate.</p>

<p>Iluvpiano, you should ask in the music majors forum about what they think the workload will be. Most in this forum either know or could make reasonable guesses about liberal arts, engineering, and business curriculums, but music is less common. </p>

<p>Typically though, 22 credits would be considered a tough workload.</p>

<p>It depends on the classes. For example, I’m great with music and language classes, so I don’t spend that much time studying when it comes to those classes (I spent only 15 minutes a day on my music theory homework back in freshman year because I already knew a huge majority of it,thanks to choir, before we got to seventh and inverted chords, but even those were easy-peasy for me), but I need to devote 4+ hours to my math and science classes.</p>

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<p>It honestly depends on the class. I know a lot of people have been saying this, but it’s because it’s true. </p>

<p>I’ll give you an example. For Chemistry I studied 8 hours over the course of a week when I had a test the following week. For Math, I studied 2-3 hours. I got A’s on my exams. </p>

<p>It just depends on the course, the difficulty, how you take in information, how natural the material is to you (as you can see, Math comes more natural to me than Chem). </p>

<p>But I will say devote a significant amount of time to all of your courses.</p>

<p>For classes I’m thinking this: (each course unit=4 credits basically, if you want to convert them over to a typical college)</p>

<p>5 course units (about 20 credits for comparison)
Piano lessons (music major)- 0.5 course unit
clarinet lessons- 0.25 unit
ensemble- 0.25
theory (don’t know what level yet…depends on the placement test)- 1 unit
Gateway course (freshman required course…)- 1 unit
100-level history course- 1 unit
100-level gen ed economics course- 1 unit</p>

<p>If I don’t quite pass the placement test for theory I, then I’ll have to take it, but I’ll know most of it so it will be an easy course. If I do pass the test, then I’d test into Theory II probably, which doesn’t run til 2nd semester; in that case, I’d replace that time slot with some other course first semester…what? idk yet…If I actually would test through Theory I and II, then I could be in III which would be a 200-level course, but I kinda doubt it.</p>

<p>Basically, I’d have the normal 4 courses with just the history, econ, gateway, & theory…then add piano & clarinet lessons and the ensemble. Yes, that adds a lot of time, but I’m used to it anyways. I’ve always had piano lessons, now it’s just in school for credit rather than outside of school, and I’m used to practicing a few hours a day. All it really adds are clarinet lessons and ensemble, which will require more practicing than in HS…so that will be an adjustment. But the 4 regular courses don’t seem so bad, seeing as I took 4 APs this year plus a 5th one as self-study, so 5 really, and I made it through that…so that would seem like it should work, the way I see it…I think so anyways.</p>

<p>When planning out your course schedule, you should ALLOW that amount of time, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be using it. It just keeps you from overloading yourself.</p>

<p>I had one class last semester where I’d spend 20-30 hours per 2 week lab/project outside of class (3 unit class (3 hours of class a week) - senior level class).</p>

<p>I also had one class last semester where I spent <10 hours the entire semester doing work, studying for midterm + final, and this too was a 3 unit senior level class. </p>

<p>Both classes were difficult, advanced classes…I got an A in both, even though one had about 10x more work than the other (and everyone spent pretty much the same amount of time on it).</p>

<p>It depends so much from professor to professor, class to class, subject to subject, and school to school that you really can’t predict anything with such a general statement. </p>

<p>Your best bet is to ask people at your school how long they spend for XXXX class. My school has an online evaluations system where you can see how long people said they spent a week on every class. </p>

<p>A 3 unit class meets 3 hours a week (at my school at least, ignoring labs)…for most classes you don’t need to spend 6 hours a week on the class. I’m a senior now, and I’ve taken about 40 classes. Only around 3 of them did I spend an average anywhere close to 6 hours a week.</p>