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A Time Where The Studies Are Really Intense

Haha, I've been a bit spoiled lately, my studies have been a breeze. They have been so easy I haven't needed to put any time or effort into them, this season things are a changing, they actually seem to be changing so much I was at the verge of getting myself some time tracking software just to make sure I'm not studying overtime, then I realized, why? If I'm studying overtime, so what, I'm learning, that's why I chose to study things in the first place... right? Anyhow, I threw together a quick 'formula':

8 hours each day, 5 days a week, 4 weeks = 160 hours
160 hours each month, half a year (one semester) minus one month for vacation (5 months) = 800 hours
A 7,5HP course is a quarter of "full-time" studies, so that's a fourth of 800 hours, 200 hours.

They say 200 hours, so I guess they're using the same formula as I am? Really, this is my formula, I have no idea how they count, just thought it would be a bit more complex.


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  1. S3C
    Saturday Jan/5/2019

    agreed, tho I study on average 12 hours a days (including in class time), 7 days a week. So double full time. In 2018. Even when I had 10 credits (spring semester) and 18 credits (fall semester). 12 is considered full time're expected to spend 3 hour outside of class for each credit hour: so 12*3 = 36, plus in general 12 hours in class time = 48. where 40 hours a week is considered full time in the US.

    and of have to pay for it, unless you're a PhD student in which case they generally pay you (around minimum wage)

  2. S3C
    Saturday Jan/5/2019

    btw, not only does this site run faster in Microsoft Edge, it even bolds the "# comments" for unread comments to here. pretty nifty, Edge is more like a Corvette, and I've been traveling in a Tank (Firefox) for the past couple years, which of course is highly recommended for some places on the World Wide Webs...

  3. Cyber
    Saturday Jan/5/2019

    How come the PhDs get it free? Sponsors? Scholarships at that level...? That is a LOT of time though! You're saying you're doing 36 PLUS 48 every week though??? And I thought my studies were intense back in the day...

    40 hours is full-time here too, though I'm not sure how much I really studied. Felt like more. It was distance studies though - and I never got started with that timer. Mysteries...

  4. Cyber
    Saturday Jan/5/2019

    Sounds like I'd better give Edge a try sometime! Nifty feature bits. Maybe when Windows 7 support ends and I'm forced to get it... gotta bring the Tank to NG tho.

  5. S3C
    Wednesday Jan/1/2020

    PhD generally implies doing research, perhaps public service, teaching/tutoring thus it's like an actual job and you get paid for it: Not great mind you, but enough to pay for rent and food. Otherwise universities would lose more bright minds to the more lucrative opportunities in the industry and research quantity/quality (moreso the former) would decrease. Although, I'd wager the majority of STEM-based PHDs are filled by foreign students as it's difficult for new international undergrads to find work in the US, especially in the current political climate.

  6. Cyber
    Wednesday Jan/1/2020

    Ah right, that makes sense. So you have a real employer for said research? How common is it with a private one? Do you find an employer first before you get started and base projects upon their requests/interests? Does the school manage that bit? Some kind of program that links together candidates and companies all ready to make these things work?

  7. S3C
    Wednesday Jan/15/2020

    The employer is the school. Funding mainly comes from the government, foundations, corporations. It's actually the professors that have a general idea in mind. Often, the bulk of a professor's time is not spent teaching or preparing for class, or writing research papers, but writing a grant proposal for funding their research idea. In a sense you do find the employer before starting: a PhD graduate will (should) look around different schools, professors (to become their advisor), open PHD candidate positions, find what piques there interest and apply if they feel there is something they can offer the research lab. Students get some leeway, but their research will be under the general scope of the professor/advisor's proposal. That said, students can change advisors, cross collaborate with multiple, or come in initially and explore their options before deciding.

  8. Cyber
    Wednesday Jan/15/2020

    Public service via the school too, though? I'd understand if they back research that'd be published in their name, but what other areas of work do they involve themselves with? It's a whole different world in those upper regions of education hmm, seems heavy on politics...

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