Veyron wrote:Unfortunately, it is impossible to know how smart you will be compared to your classmates prior to fall exams, so my philosophy is, why take chances.
You seem to indicate the amount of hours you put in beyond 70 per week has any tangible affect on your grades, and everyone else say no.
In all honesty, its about how much you feel you need to put in in order to not regret it later and think "gosh if only I'd worked 10 more hours per week." If you're willing to work hard as hell and you won't regret that time spent when you look back on it, then do it. Personally, after a certain amount, I just don't see the gains happening. The classes I really like/understand I do better in because I'm just naturally better at them. The classes I'm meh on I generally B+ it and I'm satisfied with that. I also do better on take homes and I study WAY less than other people for them.
For comparison, the schedule of a recent summa grad:
M-Th: Wake up 7:30am, gym, shower, etc, class 9am-Afternoon sometime, study until about 10 or 11
F: Sleep in until 10ish, class or two, study until 7pm, video games!
Weekend: Sleep in until 10ish, 8ish (max) hours studying/day
Things got a little more intense the last month or so before finals, and much less intense during 3L.