Success at university depends on more than just attending classes. Lecturers say that for each hour of class time, you need at least an hour of study. (For some subjects, you may need more.) But what is ‘study’? Preparing for the end-of-semester exams? Reading in preparation for the practical class? Completing tute problems for maths? These are just some of the many activities which will keep you busy each week. Add to that assignments, essays, and mid-semester tests. You can see that you will need to be very organised.
These study tasks add up to quite a number of hours. Roughly, if you are studying full-time, you should be putting in about 40 hours a week (including classes or ‘contact hours’). This means that you are truly working at your study—study is your job. Towards the end of semester, and during swot vac, you may spend even more time studying.