- Describe typical ratios of in-class to out-of-class work per credit hour and how to effectively schedule your study time
A general rule is that the ratio of classroom time to study time is 1:2 or 1:3. That means that for every hour you spend in class meetings, you should plan to spend two to three hours out of class working independently on course assignments. For example, if your composition class meets for one hour, three times a week, you’re expected to devote from six to nine hours each week on reading assignments, writing assignments, etc.
- Refer to your class schedule, work schedule, and any other documents you have that indicate the day and time of your weekly obligations.
- Using a 1:2 or 1:3 in-class–to–out-of-class-study ratio, determine how many hours per week you need to study for each class, given your current course schedule.
- Create a weekly schedule in a digital document. You can use Word, Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, or any other format you prefer.
- Be sure to include at least class sessions, homework and study time, and leisure time in your schedule. You should also include leisure time, other responsibilities, family time, travel time, and sleep.
- When you are finished, write a paragraph summarizing how you created your class schedule and why you think it will be effective.