If the average number of hours spent studying has indeed dropped by nearly 50% since the 1960s, is college getting easier, or are students getting that much smarter?
A study that followed more than 2300 students at a range of schools from the fall of 2005 to the spring of 2009 showed:
- In the first two years, 45% of students made no significant improvement in skills related to critical thinking, complex reasoning, and communication
- Of all grades at public universities, 73% were As and Bs, and 86% at private universities.
- Students who studied less than 5 hours per week had a collective GPA of 3.16
- Major that saw the most study-time for seniors: architecture, at 3.4 hours per day