Math Study Skills – Time Management (Part 4)

October 26, 2010 at 5:55 am Leave a comment

Note: This is the fourthin a series of blogs on advice for students concerning Time Management.  (PART 1, PART 2, PART 3) The series will run over the next several Tuesdays.

If you have more than one subject to study, the order that you choose to study these subjects is an important choice. It is a good idea to start with the subject that is most difficult for you. This allows you to study that subject while you are most alert.

Avoid studying two difficult subjects back-to-back, as that can grind you down. If it is not possible to take a study break between those two difficult subjects, try to squeeze in a less demanding subject. You cannot operate in high gear straight through, so you have to find a way to lessen your mental load between those difficult subjects.

As far as study breaks go, they are an excellent way to keep your mental energy at its highest. These breaks should be short, approximately 10 minutes or so. You could take a short brisk walk to clear your head, make a healthy and nutritious snack, or even make a brief phone call. One study break per hour can help prevent you from feeling fatigued.


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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