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How much self study do you do a day? - February 10th 2016, 03:26 PM

For those in college or university, how much time to you spend doing 'self study' a day? For those who don't know, this is time spent studying but not specifically doing homework or assignments. So it would include doing the set readings, doing further readings, taking notes, rewriting your notes etc.

I'm managing about an hour a day, sometimes an hour and a half, but it's really tough. I have a fatigue condition so find studying difficult. But I feel really guilty that I'm not doing enough.

If you do more than that, how do you manage? How do you organise your time? How do you stop from feeling really drained and burnt out?

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Re: How much self study do you do a day? - February 10th 2016, 09:48 PM

I'm not doing it, and that's why I'm doing so shitty right now.

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Re: How much self study do you do a day? - February 11th 2016, 12:54 AM

When I was in university, I basically didn't bother at all. I was always so mentally exhausted from school work that the last thing I wanted to do was more challenging reading/studying that would be taxing. That said, I didn't do nothing, I used to read 1 or 2 novels a semester and I would watch documentaries, especially ones about wildlife, and knew what was happening in the world.

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Re: How much self study do you do a day? - February 11th 2016, 09:27 AM

When I was in university, I would do about 1-2 hours per night, and depending on how much work I had to do, a few hours on the weekend.

I think how I got through mine was I made use of the long holidays we had. I have a degree in Education Studies and English, where the English side of it, we studied about 2-3 different texts every week. So during the holidays, I would read in advance and make notes as I went along. That way, if I was focussing on other work during term time, I could skim the book or go through my notes to remind myself of the text.

At the start of every year of my degree, the first thing I would do, is make a list of all the dates that my essays were due in. Then as soon as I could start working on them, I would do a bit every night, and would always finish the day before the due date, so I could spend time proofreading it. To stop getting burned out, I would allow extra time for myself, so if I didn't feel like doing much that particular day, I could catch up the following day and not feel too bad about it. My final year was draining though and I did end up being burnt out, but I graduated with a 2:1 so the work paid off, I guess.

At the same time, my friends were the ones who would pull all nighters writing their essays. They were very tired, but it worked for them

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Re: How much self study do you do a day? - February 11th 2016, 01:08 PM

I'm really bad at self study. I tend to do very little and then cram about a week or two before and do 2+ hours in a go.

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Re: How much self study do you do a day? - February 14th 2016, 02:20 AM

Hey, I'm majoring in Aerospace Engineering. I study 4-5 hours on class days, and about 8 hours when I don't. ~40 hrs/wk of study for 12-15 credit hours. I'd say the amount of time you study shouldn't matter. You should study until you understand the material which varies for everyone. The easiest way I find to study is to go somewhere that isn't home. The library, a learning lab, etc. This way you stay focused, and there are less distractions.

When I was in my freshman year, I studied maybe an hour a night, and not at all on the weekends. It just depends.

As far as your guilt, etc. you need to take a different view on school. Don't view it as a place where you HAVE to study. View it a chance to learn something new. Every day you are learning something you didn't know before. You're expanding your mind. Take pride in that and the studying flows naturally. If you make it a chore, you'll experience guilt. There are days where studying is a chore to me. I stress out, and sometimes even will be brought to tears when I can't comprehend something. However, getting in the mindset where I want to learn so that I learn, rather than to make good marks, has really helped me feel less burnt out, less guilty about studying less, and rather motivated to study more because I want to learn it for myself.

Another thing I find helpful is rotating between subjects. Study something for about 30minutes to an hour, then take 5-10 minute break, and study a new topic for 30min-1hr and repeat.

Lastly, set a deadline when you're done studying and take time to reward yourself for studying. Essentially use the 80/20 rule. 80% study, 20% break, and then have a deadline to finish and reward yourself for your hard work. A method I don't use, but I've heard helps is that every time you hit the 30 min mark, maybe try rewarding yourself with a couple of skittles or something. Using rewards is supposed to help stay motivated. I think the biggest thing you need to avoid is procrastination. Once you start, it's not so bad (at least for me).

And it's typical of engineer majors, but I drink a lot of coffee (4-5 cups/day). I wouldn't get by without it. You may find yourself needing it, too.

Good luck.

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