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What should I expect the work load to be like in college?

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Zachary,

The short answer is it depends. The biggest impact on your workload is how many classes that you are taking at any given time. If you opt to go to college full time, that can be very tough. In my experience, every teacher at a university thinks that their class is the only class that you are taking and gives homework in large piles.

Another element that you may consider is if you will be working along with going to college. Your workload can feel overwhelming after you have worked even part-time during the day. If college is all you do, you have a lot more energy. Working while going to college can feel like two jobs. You have take care what subjects you take when and learn how to work around a job. You can get to a good point after a few months of working and college, but it can be a really hard time as you are getting used to it.

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Simeon’s Answer

A full semester is usually fifteen to eighteen hours per week of class time. You usually will be spending something like an hour or two a week studying or doing homework for each class you take (this being five or six classes). However, as you get closer to the end of your degree, you will be responsible for larger and more involved projects such as term papers or projects, which will require a few more hours per week to complete.
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Tyson’s Answer

Hi Zachary. Much of it will depend on what you decide to study. I graduated in Physical Science and the workload was about 2 hours of work outside for every hour in the classroom. This varied also but I can say as a general rule of thumb. I was also involved in extracurriculars as that is part of the experience!

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Alana’s Answer

Hi Zachary! A lot depends on which college you attend, which classes you take, and what you major in. Some colleges have smaller class sizes and require assignments in between each class. Others may have no assignments but one exam at the end. Regardless, it is important to take notes and do the readings in between classes for your own learning and it will help you for midterms/finals so you avoid "cramming." The biggest learning curve is college is figuring out how to do all of the social and extracurricular activities with the work load. It can all be done! It's just a matter of how you balance your time and how effective you are at studying and getting your work done when it is time.

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Molly’s Answer

Hi Zachary.  The rule is typically for every 1 hour in a classroom, you should have another 1-2 hours of work outside of the classroom.  Not all of your classes will require this amount of work nor will they all check to make sure you're doing the homework. But you should budget about this amount of time to ensure you're understanding the coursework and can pass the classes!  You may also have work if you join a fraternity or clubs, or if you have a part time job. And of course - don't forget sleep.  :)

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