One of the most common pieces of feedback from students who are new to an online degree program is that they are surprised by the amount of time it takes to succeed in their online courses.
Common misconceptions of online degree programs are that they're easy to complete or take less time than traditional college classes. But with proper planning, you can set yourself up for success in your classes.
How long are ASU Online courses?
ASU Online’s undergraduate and graduate courses are structured in seven and a half week sessions, rather than 14-week semesters.
How many hours should I plan to study per credit hour?
A good rule of thumb is to dedicate six hours a week for each credit hour you take — so for a standard three credit class, you can expect to spend 18 hours per week on it. In other words, if you are signed up for two or three courses during a session and each course is worth three credits, you should plan to spend between 36 to 54 hours a week on coursework.
This may seem daunting, particularly for students who work full-time jobs or have parental responsibilities in addition to their coursework. The good news is it’s doable! Every term, online students who juggle work, parenting, activities and more are making the time and succeeding in their classes. Spending dedicated hours each week on assignments, reading and studying is a great way to stay on top of your work and avoid falling behind.