How to Succeed in Your Astronomy Course
(From The Cosmic Perspective 3rd Edition by Bennett, Donahue, Schneider and Voit)

Using This Book
Each chapter in the 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:

The Key to Success: Study Time

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 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 at the top of p. xxvii. If you find that you are spending fewer hours than these guidelines suggest, you can probably improve your grade by studying more. 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.

General Strategies for Studying

Preparing for Exams