4 hours homework a night?

@adamc151 (479)
December 2, 2009 3:09pm CST
So im in my first year of college at the moment, so being told by teachers the impossible amounts of work we should be doing outside lessons is a regular occurrence. Apparently, if we have 4 hours of lessons during the day, we should be going home and doing 4 hours of homework. In my eyes, this just isn't going to happen :P I manage to get good grades without creating endless amounts of work for myself. So i was wondering how much you would consider to be a reasonable amount of time for homework? Do you think 4 hours a night is too much? thanks :)
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@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
2 Dec 09
Honestly - for most people it doesn't happen. By the time we hit University level we are getting tired of school and instead of doing the time on homework we do even less. I have yet to see one of my friends spend that much time on homework. Honestly, I do the most and its getting really tough. I am a senior and will be graduating in 5 months. Even with that right around the corner I still find it hard to sit down and do homework when there are other things I need to do like my job and get ready for the real world out there. I hardly have time to get on Mylot anymore! :(
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• United States
2 Dec 09
I think it really depends on the classes you take. For example, if it's a math class, of course you want to make sure you spend a little more time on the lessons and the homework in order to study and understand the material. So it really does depend. It also depends on how well you usually do in the class. If you're a fast learner, you probably can go through the homework in about 2-3 hours if 4 hours is the average statistic for completing homework in that class. For me, if it is an average math class that I'm fairly okay with, I would spend about 3-5 hours doing the homework as accurately as possible while understanding the material so that I don't have to set a separate time for just studying after homework time. I think that 4 hours a night sounds reasonable, depending on the type of math class you're in, but it really depends on how you work and how fast you learn and understand the material.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
2 Dec 09
i have heard that because my daughter is in her second to last year of highschool and has friends in university. i think it is reasonable to a certain point. you want to do well so you can get a good job at the end of it. if i takes one hour or ten, you have get good grades.
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• India
3 Dec 09
well it depends on the speed if u r fast enough then 2 hours are more than enough and if slow then keep doing it.......
@adamc151 (479)
3 Dec 09
Its not set homework though, it just means go over everything that has been covered in class and stuff. So it would probably depend more on understanding than on speed
@youless (93201)
• Guangzhou, China
3 Dec 09
I have experienced this. Here the study pressure is so high. It is endless homework and exams. In the past when I was a student, it was very normal that I had to spend long time finishing the homework. I hardly had my own spare time. It was tough. I think a homework that can be finished in one hour will be suitable. As the students still need their time for their own interests, such as sports, reading, painting and so on. I love China
@adamc151 (479)
3 Dec 09
I know what you mean by having no spare time. I'd like to do other things too rather than just work work work :)
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
3 Dec 09
Dang... You have it easy. I have art studio classes and I had 2 a day sometimes three. They recommend 6 hours out of class where the classes last up to 3 hours per class. My girlfriend had observation hours. She had to have up to 20 hours a week for an hour, hour and fifty minute class. But really, I have to agree 4 or more hours is just too much. I think an hour or so is enough really. You don't really need that much time to do homework and it's not like you're going to remember more in 4 hours.
@adamc151 (479)
3 Dec 09
Yeh, art can take up a lot of time outside the classroom. I took it for GCSE and had to do loads, and i have lots of friends doing A level art and they all say there is too much work
@thebestmom (1105)
• Philippines
22 Jan 10
my children goes to school at 7 - 12:30 pm, then 1-5pm, then have their chinese tutor at around 530-630pm, then eat, then make assignment at around 8-11pm.. i do not know if that is light or not, because they study english and chinese at the same time.
• United States
18 Jan 10
If you are doing fine without spending the whole 4 hours on homework, I think that is fine. Some people learn differently. As long as you get good grades, study as much as you need to.
15 Dec 09
when i entered college i was told we should do 5 hours extra study ON TOP of homework each week. most of my subject teachers then told me that that was crazy and that the 5 hours included homework. i dont do it and i don't know of anyone who does. i do my homework, read through my notes and then copy my notes out in neat for my folder and read them again, thats it. it takes me a maybe 5 hours a week total. Another way i ahve cut down my study time that you may find helpful is by reading my notes aloud and recording them on a voice recorder. then rather than listening to music on my way to school i will listen to my notes. it sounds geeky but it gives you a lot more free time.
• United States
11 Dec 09
4 hours is quite reasonable. But it really depends. Sometimes you might have to spend more time on the subject you need more help in. It's normal. HOWEVER...people tend to over study, which is bad. Over studying can cause more stress and you brain can't function as well if your brain is never resting. So even though you might have to spend extra time on some or one subject...save some time for yourself and give yourself some time for a break for relaxation. Relaxation is as important as the hours you put on your study because if you over study...you forget what you have learned, which really defeats the purpose of studying and doing homework. =]
@sunnycool (12736)
• India
3 Dec 09
That is too much 4 hours of home work daily it is ridiculous.If i had to face this i would give a firm no this proposal.i used to hate home works and never spent more than 30 min.but i used to work hard before my exams.gud day.
@ykaccy (4)
• China
3 Dec 09
It is too much for me to spend 4 hours in homework. In my mind, I don't think that to spend too much time in one's homework means that he can get high levels. :P
• China
3 Dec 09
YEs we have no homework at all.:)
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
3 Dec 09
I had heard that before too but I think it depends on what the classes are you are taking. Also it depends on the instructors that are teaching you some will give you lots of work and some will not. If you are just in class for 4 hours then I assume that they figure you should have to go home and spend no more the 4 more hours on the lesson you learn that day. But if some of the classes are easy for you then you will not have to spend that many hours on the lessons. You might be able to get done in 2 hours.
• China
3 Dec 09
4 hours homework a night is so terriable.nowadays,teenagers are in a great pressure from studying.surely,we should study hard,but we shouldn't do so much homework,because it will make us hate the study,i think.Too much time to spend on the homework is not reasonable.
• India
3 Dec 09
you are right dear. as per my thinking study little but more effectively. it will give you more and more effective study in your life.
• United States
3 Dec 09
Remember when you were in high school ? The school year went for approximately nine months (Sept-June). College is accelerated. You either go for 10 weeks or 16 weeks per course. So yes, you will have homework, and lots of it. That's just on the undergraduate level. With graduate school usually comes research and lots more hours on average. I'd say you better get used to it.
@MrKennedy (1994)
2 Dec 09
4 hours does seem pretty excessive, especially if you are already managing grades that you have been targetted. Maybe if you're struggling, or want to aim higher than the target you have been set, spending one or two nights a week dedicated entirely for homework is a brilliant idea, yet 4 hours for every day a week just seems both ridiculous and utterly pointless in my eyes. Yes, take your work seriously and try to achieve your maximum potential, yet also make time for the stuff YOU enjoy doing in life, such as meeting friends and just generally chilling out.