How much do college students really study? According to the annual National Survey of Student Engagement, the average college senior hits the books for about 15 hours a week. But the amount they devote to reading, reviewing notes, or participating in study groups varies significantly depending on their major.
In a word, no.
In more than a word, here’s what I think: As a college senior, I definitely don’t spend enough time “hitting the books,” for a number of reasons.
1) I go to a commuters’ school where the sense of community isn’t very strong.
If I’d been with the same students for the past three years and I had a distinct sense of belonging to my major, perhaps I would spend more time studying or doing homework with my classmates.
2) I have less of a social life and more of a “real world” life.
I know that sounds strange — having less of a social life means I study less? Well, as a student of a commuters’ school, I have not had much power to join a distinct social circle. Part of it is the “vibe” at school: most students come to campus for classes and leave. There are not a lot of extracurriculars, and since the campus is so small, it’s hard to find others who have distinct interests like yours. Because of these things, I have less of a social life than students who may go to four-year schools with dorms. I have two part-time jobs, and I spent a lot of time with family who lives close by. This leaves little room for studying. I barely have time to do homework.
3) Students are less concerned about school than they used to be.
This is pretty self-explanatory. It’s not at every school, for sure, but I have witnessed this Generation Y syndrome firsthand. A lot of students my age just want to party and want to get paid well at their first job. There are just as many students who want to learn for learning’s sake and who genuinely care about their education, but I would bet that number has gone down in the past few decades.