We are students, the learning process is an inseparable part of our lives. It takes patience and practice to determine the best time for you to study. For some people, the morning is better for studying, while for others, the afternoon or evening is more focused on studying. Our biological clock, which is the inner clock ingrained in our brains from a young age, actually helps us decide when is the right time to study. Although new discoveries prove that timing isn’t everything, it’s important if you want to create and do your best consistently. Science used to show that studying was most effective between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and in the afternoon from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. On the other hand, the least effective study time was between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Although there is no best time of day to study.
Most people would think that the morning is the best time to study, because our brains tend to be sharpest in the morning after a good night’s sleep and a refreshing breakfast. The natural light available is also good for your eyes and keeps you alert. This period is great for opening a textbook to learn new theory, or just reviewing your professor’s notes from the previous day because the morning generally gives you better memory skills.
In the afternoon, your brain integrates new information with what you already know. During this time, you can make connections and build on the information you’ve learned. Mornings and evenings are better for studying too because if you are stuck in the middle of studying, you can always call your peers or teachers for a quick clarification, as this is the time when people are most active, or even visit the library for more information.
For some people, they have more energy later in life. Therefore, the afternoon or evening is a more effective time for them to read and study. Studying in the present moment also helps improve your concentration and creativity as there will be fewer distractions, and with everyone in bed, there is bound to be peace and quiet. Sleeping after studying can consolidate information and improve memory. One thing to note, we should sleep an average of 8 to 9 hours every night. This means studying before bed can help your brain learn new things, even in your sleep.
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We can find our best time to study if we consider the following factors. First, when are we most alert? Think about it, but different qualities of memory and alertness seem to be better at different times of day for different people. For example, you may have a better visual memory in the morning, but your critical thinking skills peak in the afternoon. Second, if your optimal time is prone to distractions, such as dinner time, that might disrupt your routine, it’s best to find another time. Lastly, make sure you choose a time that you can stick to consistently, at least for a few days each week because consistency helps ensure you study every day and improve the quality of your study time. Just as everyone has a unique learning style, different people learn better at different times of the day. But if you study at the same time every day, you will condition your mind and body gradually and very soon, you will be in your best frame of mind to study. Once you know what is best for yourself, you can start your study routine more effectively and efficiently.