Homework Time? A Balancing Act

I have gotten several questions on how much home work we have to do in the Healthcare MBA program. It is a very important consideration when weighing the undertaking of such a rigorous program.

The question of how much homework we have per week depends on several factors. I believe the canned response is that for every hour that you are in class you should expect to spend two hours preparing. In actuality, the answer depends a lot on you. I have found that a major contributing factor in homework time is your previous knowledge on the topic of the class. Example, if you have taken an accounting class during undergrad you may not need to spend as much time as your classmates on your accounting homework. Another factor is the type of class. This is true for the subject matter (quantitative versus qualitative) as well as the class format (blended versus totally in person). 

Another factor to take into consideration is the amount of time that you have been out of school... I know personally that there was a definite learning curve. It took me a while to get back into the swing of doing school work. I had to relearn study habits and find a new groove now that I have both a full time job and family life to balance. What worked best for me and what I would highly recommend is to carve out a set time for your school work. Some people work better in small bursts throughout the week. Others find it helpful to have a whole day dedicated to schoolwork. Again, it depends on personal preference as well as your school-work-life balance, but in the end it is important that you find what works best for you.