Math Study Skills – Weekly Calendar (AMATYC)

November 30, 2010 at 6:57 am Leave a comment

Today’s study skill blog is another spin-off of an idea that was discussed in my AMATYC workshop. It came from a group of 3 participants from Southwestern Michigan College (MI)  and Cecil College (MD). It is a different spin on my Weekly Calendar Activity that I previously blogged about.

Here’s how it goes:

  1. Have students fill in their own weekly calendar with all activities except when they plan to study and when they are free. (Set up a calendar that runs from 6am until midnight.)
  2. Have students fill in all “left over” time with a yellow highlighter. This makes it easier to find their free time.
  3. On the bottom of the calendar put a rectangle and an oval.
    Have students fill in the rectangle with 2 times their number of credit hours.
    Have students fill in the oval with the amount of time that has been highlighted in yellow.
  4. Have students compare the figures in the rectangle and the oval.
    If “Hours in Rectangle” < “Hours in Oval”, then the student should have enough time to complete assignments, study, and do well in class.
    If “Hours in Rectangle” > “Hours in Oval”, then the student does not have enough time to be successful and should consider rearranging their schedule.


This not only helps students to realize that they might be over-committed like my weekly calendar activity does, it makes the case for exactly what is expected in order to be successful in college. If you think that 2 hours outside of class for each hour in class is not enough, you could always bump up the rectangle to be 3 times the number of credit hours.


Do you have any activities that focus on time management? Do you use a version of the weekly calendar with your students?  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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