Whether you are new to tertiary education or completing the final year of your degree, every university student faces the challenge of balancing a study schedule with everyday routine. How many hours need to be allocated to study each week to be successful in your course?
At Western Sydney University Online, we recommend each student dedicates eight hours of study to each unit per week. For a standard study load of two units, this equates to 16 hours of study each week. No matter whether you’re doing a degree in marketing, accounting or anything else.
How many hours should I set aside for study each day?
16 hours a week may seem overwhelming at face value but when we break this down, it equates to approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes of study each day. Developing regular, healthy study habits at the beginning of your teaching period will make balancing study and everyday life more manageable.
Two hours, 120 minutes or 7200 seconds…
There are countless things that we do each day that take up a significant amount of time without us really noticing. According to ABS, Australian adults spend an average of almost two hours a day watching TV, and a recent Sensis report revealed that we are spending around 1.2 hours a day on Facebook. Two hours can seemingly disappear in the blink of an eye- the following activities are just some of the ways we can lose the two hours each day that we could have spent studying:
Setting aside time for study
Take out a pen and a piece of paper and identify all of your time wasters. Be honest with yourself- no one needs to see this list but you. Which of these do you really enjoy doing and would like to keep in your routine for when you take some time to enjoy yourself? Which of these are pointless time wasting habits that you really need to work on minimising?
These tips will help you work towards finding your personal study balance:
We are all guilty of procrastinating every once in a while but by identifying and minimising the ways in which you often waste time, you can help build a great study schedule that works for you.
Break down your study into smaller pieces instead of trying to tackle it all at once and reward yourself when you reach your goals. It’s all about prioritising and finding the right balance for you.
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