I start school in a couple months and have been very focused on learning how to study science courses effectively. I work a full time job and am taking prereqs to apply for dental school. My issue is that i always hear that one should put 6-9 hours per credit in a week for a science course outside of lecture. Lately, even though i am not in school yet, i have been studying daily anywhere from 1-2 hours on chemistry alone averaging about 12 or more hours per week on top of my job. I took this course before and got a C because i only studied maybe once or so per week, so i am trying to teach myself how to focus. This has been stressing me out beyond belief because i read the chapter and still miss some questions at the end, frustrating me even more even though i can grasp overall concepts. I really want to learn how to apply myself to these types of courses but have been unsure as to if im overthinking this too much or not studying enough after work. Am i going about this the right way or am i doing too little?
- You will be fine, you are just overthinking thisVote A
- You are not studying enoughVote B
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Don't overthink it. I'm an engineering major and have many science/math courses I had to take. You maybe need to study 2-3 hours per course per week. The way this work is reading the chapter before lecture, then going to lecture and PAYING ATTENTION & taking good notes, then re-reading your notes after the lecture is over. If you want to be sure, re-read the chapter again, but I never had to do this and I got A's and B's easy. When studying for an exam, re-reading the whole chapters will take too long and make you stressed. Just read the main points, look at the examples, and look at the pictures. Read your notes mostly. Remember, when reading and studying, pause for 5-10 min every half hour you study. Otherwise you'll get your brain and be worse off. Pulling all nighters is the STUPIDEST thing you can do to prepare.
The main point is to take little bites of science classes and really chew on them so you can learn the full flavor. Inch by inch chemistry is a sinch, yard by yard it's hard.0
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