Math Study Skills – Time Management (Wrap Up)

November 2, 2010 at 5:51 am 1 comment

Note: This is the fifth and last in a series of blogs on advice for students concerning Time Management.  (PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, PART 4) The series ran over the last several Tuesdays.

Time Management is one study skill that most students can improve, and it can have a tremendous impact on your success. In today’s finale to my time management series for students I will summarize the main ideas for improving your time management skills.

Keep Track of Your Time

Record how you spend your time over a one-week period. Look for ways that you can be more efficient with your time, look for ways that you have wasted time during that week. Look for intervals in your schedule that you can insert an extra study session.

When to Study

It is best to spend at least part of your study time for math as soon as possible after class. This especially is a good time for working on homework – save review for later in the day.

If there is a part of your day when you are at your sharpest mentally (some people are morning people, others are night people), try to study during those times.

Setting Goals

To get the most out of your study sessions, create a list of goals you want to accomplish. These goals should be specific and realistic. This “to do” list helps you to organize your study session and to keep on track.

Studying for Two or More Subjects

If you have two or more subjects to study for, start with your most difficult subject first while your mental abilities are at their highest. It is very unproductive to study a difficult subject while you are tired. If you have two difficult subjects to study, try to squeeze an easier subject between them. This will allow you to regain your energy and focus.

Be sure to take periodic breaks while you study, say 10 minutes every hour.

Summary

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 – georgewoodbury.com.

-George

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 – http://georgewoodbury.com.

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