The following is an excerpt from your textbook
Each chapter in this book is designed to make it easy for you to study effectively and efﬁciently. To get the most out of each chapter, you might wish to use the following study plan:
● A textbook is not a novel, and you’ll learn best by reading the elements of this text in the following order:
The single most important key to success in any college course is to spend enough time studying. A general rule of thumb for college classes is that you should expect to study about 2 to 3 hours per week outside of class for each unit of credit. For example, based on this rule of thumb, a student taking 15 credit hours should expect to spend 30 to 45 hours each week studying outside of class. Combined with time
|Time for Reading||Time for Homework||Time for Review|
|If Your||the Assigned Text||or Self-Study||and Test Preparation||Total Study Time|
|Course Is:||(per week)||(per week)||(average per week)||(per week)|
|3 credits||2 to 4 hours||2 to 3 hours||2 hours||6 to 9 hours|
|4 credits||3 to 5 hours||2 to 4 hours||3 hours||8 to 12 hours|
|5 credits||3 to 5 hours||3 to 6 hours||4 hours||10 to 15 hours|
in class, this works out to a total of 45 to 60 hours spent on academic work—not much more than the time a typical job requires, and you get to choose your own hours. Of course, if you are working while you attend school, you will need to budget your time carefully.
As a rough guideline, your studying time in astronomy might be divided as shown in the table above. If you ﬁnd that you are spending fewer hours than these guidelines suggest, you can probably improve your grade by studying longer. If you are spending more hours than these guidelines suggest, you may be studying inefﬁciently; in that case, you should talk to your instructor about how to study more effectively.
Take advantage of resources offered by your professor, whether it be e-mail, ofﬁce hours, review sessions, online chats, or simply ﬁnding opportunities to talk to and get to know your professor. Most professors will go out of their way to help you learn in any way that they can.
Budget your time effectively. Studying 1 or 2 hours each day is more effective, and far less painful, than studying all night before homework is due or before exams.
If a concept gives you trouble, do additional reading or studying beyond what has been assigned. And if you still have trouble, ask for help: You surely can ﬁnd friends, peers, or teachers who will be glad to help you learn.