Academic Skills Explanation

On average, most students study about five hours a week in high school, relying primarily on their natural abilities to obtain excellent grades. In college, if you study only five hours a week, your grades will most likely be lower than they were in high school. Let's see why.

In most high schools, academic classes meet for one hour per day and students attend 180 days of classes. Therefore, when you were in high school, you were in class for 180 hours for each academic subject, not even considering study time. Now let's look at college.

In college, many classes are taught for four hours a week, and semesters are fifteen weeks long. Therefore, in college you are in class for sixty hours per subject. This means that there is a difference of 120 hours per subject. Who is responsible for the 120-hour difference between high school and college? You are. For every hour you are in class in college, you need to study at least two hours outside of class. Therefore, 60 hours in class plus 120 hours of study equals the 180 hours you were in class in high school.

High School Penn State
High school classes meet about 1 hour/day for 180 days a year. Penn State classes meet about 4 hours/week for 15 weeks.
In class = 180 hoursIn class = 60 hours

Mastering the material for each class will require that you spend 120 hours more outside of class studying.

Expanding this 2:1 ratio to all college classes means that if you schedule fifteen credits a semester, you need to study, at the minimum, thirty hours per week. This means that you need to dedicate at least forty-five hours a week to academics. In other words, going to college is a full-time job.

Are you spending about forty-five hours a week on schoolwork?   Yes  |  No