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Weekly Study Time for Online Learning

Weekly Study Time for Online Learning

Online learning courses usually require at least as much time as you would spend taking a campus-based course. You should plan to study at least 2-3 hours a week for each credit. In other words, for each three-credit course, you would study 6-9 hours per week. When you compare this time with what you spend in class and studying outside of class, it is about the same.

Here is a chart that illustrates the general amount of time per week you should expect to study per credit hour based on the course length. For example, if you enroll in an 8-week, 3-credit class, you can expect to spend 12-18 hours per week studying for this class. In general, the shorter the class length (number of weeks), the more hours of study time you can expect to spend per week per credit.

Weekly Study Time for Online Learning

Course Length 1 Credit 2 Credits 3 Credits 4 Credits 5 Credits
8-week 4-6
hours/week
8-12
hours/week
12-18
hours/week
16-24
hours/week
20-30
hours/week
10-week 4-5
hours/week
7-10
hours/week
10-15
hours/week
13-20
hours/week
17-25
hours/week
12-week 3-4
hours/week
6-8
hours/week
8-12
hours/week
11-16
hours/week
14-20
hours/week
15-week 2-3
hours/week
4-6
hours/week
6-9
hours/week
8-12
hours/week
10-15
hours/week

View the NOVA Online Orientation

NOVA Online Orientation is a two-part video recording providing a general overview for students enrolled in NOVA Online courses offered through Northern Virginia Community College.

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