According to a study from the UK that followed 3,000 students during the past 15 years, students who spend two hours studying each night do better in English, math and science. The study by the United Kingdom’s Department of Education found that studying between two and three hours had the best results for students.
“That’s one of the reasons Indian and Chinese children do better [in school],” said Pam Sammons, an education professor at University of Oxford, about the findings of the study. “They tend to put more time in. It’s to do with your effort as well as your ability.”
So does this mean that you should start studying for 10 hours every day? After all, if a little bit is good, then a lot must be better, right? Well, not exactly.
“What we’re not saying is that everyone should do large amounts, but if we could shift some of those who spend no time or half an hour into [doing] one to two hours [it would be better],” Sammons continued. “One of the reasons private schools results are better is that there’s more expectation of homework.”
What can parents do to help their children? Besides creating a schedule for their children that designates specific times for studying, parents can support their children in their studies and encourage the children to keep trying, even when things get difficult.
“Parents’ own resilience in the face of hardship provided a role model for their children’s efforts,” the study said.
Although the study focused on children who were in pre-school up to age 14, it seems that these findings can be applied for college students as well. A general rule-of-thumb recommends that college students study for three hours per actual hour spent in a classroom. For example, if you are taking 12 hours of classes, you should be studying 36 hours outside of the classroom, or 5.14 hours each night. This is more hours than the younger students are recommended, but it does make sense when you consider that college level classes are more challenging and demand more commitment from students in order to succeed.
Via The Guardian