Business majors study less, work more

Undergrads study for 15 hours a week, on average, but engineering majors hit the books for 19 hours, while business and social science majors average only 14 hours of study. However, business majors average 16 hours a week in paid work, more than other majors, concludes this year’s National Survey of Student Engagement, known as Nessie.

For the first time, the survey asked about learning strategies, generating some disappointing results, the report says. More than 85 percent of students take careful notes during class, but only half discuss effective studying habits with faculty members or classmates. Two-thirds of students stay focused while reading course materials; only half frequently write summaries of their readings.

Online students report greater use of different learning strategies, according to the report, which says that “it would be beneficial for institutions to actively encourage students to become skilled at a broader range of strategies.”

Critics say Nessie’s questions are too vague to generate useful information.


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  1. Work experience in the field is very important in business, both as summer internships and as internships or jobs during the school year. My youngest had summer internships after both sophomore and junior years, was a TA for the intro finance class for three semesters and had a part-time marketing internship for two or three semesters. She had a good post-graduation job by Christmas of her senior year and was told that her work experience was critical; her good grades wouldn’t have been enough on their own.