How many hours should I dedicate to Methods each week?
The easy answer is that it depends on you as a student.
The problem with allocating a specific number of hours is that your study becomes more about time spent and less about quality. Which, when studying, can be a big downfall.
What you should aim to do instead is set a goal for the quality of study you are going to achieve.
[feature_box style=”3″ only_advanced=”There%20are%20no%20title%20options%20for%20the%20choosen%20style” content_font_size=”17″ alignment=”center”]If you are still looking for a rough guideline, we’ve found that a good place to start is around 3 hours worth of high-quality study per week.
High-quality is a key word here, though. Try not to simply spend three hours going through easy questions to fill up your notes book; you won’t find yourself accomplishing as much as you might think.
Study should be like a business
When studying for any subject (not just Maths) aim to treat your work the same way any successful business runs; don’t focus on the time spent, focus on the result. This way, you become absorbed in the process and effort put into what you are working on, and not simply how long you have spent there.
So instead of setting a goal of how long you want to study for, try setting a goal based on achievement or progress – perhaps finishing a section of questions or completing a practice exam. This is both a way to improve your progress as well as motivate you – if you achieve the goal you set ahead of time, you can simply finish early for the day!
Trust the results
Imagine you were going to hire a gardener to tidy up the back yard. You ask two gardeners to estimate the cost.
Jack says he’ll charge $20 per hour and that it looks like it’ll take around 3 hours – but it might be more or it might be less.
Steve says he’ll charge $60 no matter how long it takes.
Who do you trust more? Personally, I trust Steve. Because he already knows what he is going to make for this job, and is motivated to finish faster.
Because the faster and harder he works, the more valuable his time becomes.
Steve’s price is based on his results.
Jack, on the other hand, actually has the incentive to take longer. Because if he takes longer, he gets paid more.
Jack’s price is based on the time he takes.
Now, unfortunately, you can’t pay for results in Maths. But the concept of study should be no different than the pricing of the gardeners.
Set goals, get results
By setting yourself result-based goals (finishing a section, completing a practice exam, etc.) you are motivating yourself to become more efficient.
Not only that, but the quality of the work you will do will improve dramatically.
Because you can set yourself realistic yet appropriate expectations.