Sorry if the title of this thread sounds confusing, but that's the best way that I can put it right now.

I started school about a month ago, and all of my classes are starting to become demanding. Since I've been working for the last several months, I'm trying to get my head back into the swing of things, but this is proving difficult. I don't have a good sense ofwhatto study when, largely because I can't accurately gauge the potential difficulty of my courses (except for one, which I've already begun studying for).

To help me with this problem, I'm compiling a chart of how many hours I should be studying per week for each of my courses. Using this, I will re-organize my schedule so that I can properly account for study hours and then determine how many leisure hours I should have available. I know that the standard is to account two hours per every hour of lecture/class, but some courses are more difficult than others and require more attention than that. For instance, it was not uncommon to study up to 3.5 hours per day for my Linear Algebra course last year, which I still did very poorly in and had to drop from it (largely due to timing).

Would accounting for a "difficulty factor" be useful in accurately gauging how much time I need for a specific course? I was thinking that the number of study hours would be double the lecture time, multiplied by a difficulty to study time ratio. The difficulty factor would be between 1 and 5.

Thoughts would be greatly appreciated!