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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.

Course Length 1 Credit 2 Credits 3 Credits 4 Credits 5 Credits
6-week 5-8
hours/week
10-16
hours/week
16-24
hours/week
21-32
hours/week
26-40
hours/week
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
16-week 2-3
hours/week
4-6
hours/week
6-9
hours/week
8-12
hours/week
10-15
hours/week

Participate in an ELI Orientation Webinar

Webinars are a great way to interact with ELI staff and see some of the many online tools you'll use as an ELI student. The ELI Orientation is a general overview for students enrolled in courses offered through the Extended Learning Institute. This one hour webinar will focus on getting started in your courses, navigating your Blackboard course site, and identifying tips for success and student support services. The ELI Orientation is highly recommended for students who are new to online learning. This webinar will not satisfy the Student Orientation requirement for the Start Strong Policy at NOVA

First time in college?

Are you a first-time-to-college student, age 17-24? Are you planning to take your classes completely online with ELI? You need to Start Strong at NOVA. The required New Student Orientation will help you prepare your academic plan, identify your academic and career goals, and register for your classes.

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