shows that over the
past five decades, the number of hours that the average college student
studies each week has been steadily dropping. The average student at a four-year college in 1961 studied about 24
hours a week. Today's average student hits the books for just 14 hours. The decline apparently infects students of all demographics. No matter the student's
major, gender, or race, no matter the size of the school or the quality
of the SAT scores of the people enrolled there, the results are the same: Students of all ability levels are studying less.
While the whole of it is worth contemplating, even though some of the facts may be disputed (did I really study about four hours a day as a freshman in 1965?), my eyes hit upon these three points: 1) "What might be causing it, they suggest, is the growing power of students and professors' unwillingness to challenge them." 2) about a third of students said that what interferes most with their academic success is that "they simply did not know how to sit down and study." 3) "Instead of a dynamic where a
professor sets standards and students try to meet them, the more common
scenario these days, is one in which both sides hope to
do as little as possible. No one really has an incentive to make a demanding class."