We all study in different ways, depending on the other commitments in our life. Some of us may prefer to rise early in the morning and hit the books, whereas other students will work best by starting their studies in the evening, once their work and family commitments have lessened. However, what is the best time of day to study? According to scientists, this will depend very much on the individual characteristics of the student, including energy levels, day-to-day schedule and environmental factors.
Benefits of daytime study
Many students find that they have more energy and a higher ability to concentrate the next day following a good night’s sleep.
Studying during the day also means that you will have more accessible resources at hand, such as being able to go to the library or local internet café.
Daytime study also makes it easier to contact people during the day, including other students or your tutor.
Studying with natural light can be better health-wise, as artificial light can hurt our eyes and affect our natural sleep rhythm.
Benefits of night-time study
If you are someone who prefers complete peace and quiet, then night-time study can be good as there is generally less noise and people around.
Students who wish to use their local library or computer laboratory will usually find that these facilities are less busy later in the day.
By studying at night, you are less likely to be distracted by social media, as everyone else will most likely be asleep!
The night can also help you to view your studies in a different way and allow you to be more creative.
Ultimately, your preferred time of day to study will be based on your individual preferences. There is no clear evidence to suggest a perfect time to study. It all depends on your personality, your study methods and resources, time availability and daily routines.
The benefit of distance learning is being able to choose which method suits you best! Your own choice, your own time, your own pace.
Personally it’s night time all the way, here are some of the best night time studying tips that have helped me.
1. Routine, Routine, Routine!: Establish a study routine from the start. Make is possible and reasonable and ensure you stick to it, perhaps even reward yourself for doing so. This way your body will get used to it and you can get the best study performance possible.
2. Rest, Rest and more Rest: Studying at night does not mean that you should be sleeping less than normal, for me, I always ended up sleeping more! It’s well researched and documented that a rested and refreshed mind is key to successful study. Don’t neglect your sleep, catch those Z’ds. It’s vitally important!
3. Great lighting and comfortable surroundings: You start studying during the evening and next thing you know the owl is cooing and you are straining your eyes at the screen and page. If you’re a night reviser, work in a properly lit room with all of your necessities around you, a snack and fluids, don’t get dehydrated- this will improve your study and the all-important results of study!