Math Study Skills – Time Management (Part 3)

October 19, 2010 at 9:56 am 1 comment

Note: This is the third in a series of blogs on advice for students concerning Time Management.  (PART 1, PART 2) The series will run over the next several Tuesdays.

One issue that gives students a problem when it comes to time management is a lack of organization. One way to get the most out of a study session is to make a list of goals that you want to accomplish. For example, suppose you have 90 minutes set aside for studying math today. A reasonable set of goals might be: complete the textbook homework assignment, create a set of note cards for this section in the book, and briefly glance through the next section in the textbook.

Setting goals encourages you to work quickly and efficiently, keeping on task. Many students who plan to study for x minutes, but without having a list of goals to accomplish, find that they are not as efficient with their time as some of their classmates. Time alone is not a worthy goal – students who spend two hours with their math book open are not guaranteed to learn anything.

Create a to-do list each time you study, and you will find that you have a much better chance of learning and understanding the material.


Time management is one area that most students need to improve, and can significantly impact your success in your classes. If you have any thoughts or questions on time management, please share by leaving a comment, or reaching me through the contact page at my web site –


I am a math instructor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. Each Tuesday I post an article related to Math Study Skills on my blog. If there’s a particular study skill you’d like me to address, or if you have a question or a comment, please let me know. You can reach me through the contact page on my website –


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