Let's not forget that ASA 101 is a beginners's course. It includes the fundamentals, and assumes you know nothing. The class I took was structured so that classroom was in the morning, and we tried stuff out on the water in the afternoon.
There is no need to study before the class. It would be useful to review the day's material in the evening after the class, and definitely swot up before the test!
Definitely true, but I figured if i can shorten classroom/shore time, all the better!