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Time dedication on studies

  1. Nov 15, 2007 #1
    Hi there,

    I study undergrad physics in greece and as most greek students,first 2 years,I would just read my lessons in the examing periods a bit (7/20 lessons passed).Truth is,I've rarely studied in my life up to now,math and physics were always my favorite lessons and I didn't have to make any effort to get 10s.Well,that was really a problem when I got in the university and saw,that things are quite different than up to that point and my introverted character just made things worse(like having to join a team on lab with people you don't know and can't cooperate etc.).Well,that continued for my first two years in my studies (undergrad in greece is 4 years),until lately that is. I realized (kinda late,i know) that I have to stop playing around and focus.

    Well,sorry for the boring backround there...so I'll get to the point. Since the moment I've "realized", I'm working the hardest I have ever worked.But you know,time is not always your friend.I even made a tight schedule I follow every day to minimize wasted time.At the moment,about 60 hours per week are dedicated on my studies,I rarely go out and it feels very strange to me.At the beggining it was hard to devote myself at such a task,but now I even get guilty thoughts,if I miss 30mins from my schedule,because I overslept.It still feels though as if it's not enough (although it may be). I have to say,it's really strange,I feel I'm happy and sad at the same time.

    Any others who feel like this?Any suggestions?Plz feel free to to express your opinions/thoughts.

    Also another question:Since time is not really by my side,I have to make a best possible "good grades vs time to graduate" ratio.Since I'd like to do a master in something quantum related (most probably nanoscience) should I aim to get good grades at lessons related to quantum physics(eg.quantum mech,complex analysis etc.)?
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2007
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  3. Nov 15, 2007 #2
    Aiming for good grades in your quantum classes is not a bad idea, as long as you keep the over all grades balanced. If you shoot for A's in Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis, maybe Abstract Algebra (I don't know how in depth your degree goes) then the physics should come a bit easier. But don't let your other classes slip
    Try and keep B's or B+'s in all your major classes if you want to focus more on certain specific class.

    As for your overwhelmed feeling, you get used to it after awhile. I was in the same boat. Never had to study in grade school or high school
    College started out that way which got me off to a bad start as far as study habits go. Intro Physics classes were cake walk, Math was simple (Calc 3 and Linear Algebra). But come Sophomore year I bogged down like never before. Real Analysis has been the thorn in my side all semester.
    Its normal to feel like you spend all your time with your studies. The important thing is to make sure you stay well rounded, you don't want to fail one class just to manage B's or A's in the rest. And also, you need to take some breaks, get out and about, have some fun on the weekends, it will keep you sane.
  4. Nov 16, 2007 #3
    All day work and no play makes John a dull boy. You need to play also and give some around 5-6 hours for studies. Dont cram the things, try to understand it. Work smart and not hard.
  5. Nov 16, 2007 #4
    60 hours of studying (I think) is fairly normal. I probably do about that or more. It still leave a lot of time for other things.
    Also, I noted others say you must stay well rounded. I'm inclined to disagree. Certainly to some degree it is important however I have noticed, for myself, that the more well rounded I've been the lower marks have been. Just my own observation that I've been paying close attention to over the last 4 years.
  6. Nov 16, 2007 #5
    Just make sure you can tell the difference between high-quality study and studying past the point of diminishing returns.

    I personally wouldn't have the stamina for 60 hours of high-quality study per week, and so when I feel a bit tired I do something else to prevent burning out.
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