Best time to study for students

  • 27/Jan 2022

Best time for study              

For every student, the best time to study and memorize is ambiguous. Some students can concentrate in the morning, some can in the evening whereas some are night owls when it comes to studying. Self-assessment is useful to determine - which time of the day you can concentrate better, fewer distractions as well as the level of alertness.

Consistency: To evaluate the perfect time to study and focus consistently takes effort at a particular time. E.g. Get up early at 5 in the morning, read, learn, write. Repeat this for at least 2 weeks to figure out whether you can focus better. If it does not work, you should change the timing, or else you will get adapted to this particular routine.

If you regularly work at a specific time, your brain and body will be alert at that time and you can observe improved quality of work. Body and mind will get used to the timing and give a better response. This way students can develop their schedule to study.

Some students prefer studying continuously for 3 to 4 hours whereas students with a short span of attention, but quick grasping capacity divide their timetable as per the level of concentration corresponding to the time of the day.

But to succeed in any exam consistency is key and students should dedicate a timeframe every day to study.

Distractions: It is another factor; students have to consider depending on the level of distractions and circumstances. E.gContinuous noise of traffic, railway stations, machinery, construction, and crowded places can cause difficulty to concentrate. For such matters, students need to fix their study timetable accordingly and stick to it.

In such instances, students have to rely on school or college libraries or quiet places for study. Or else wait till night or get up early and plan a schedule. Many of the students want to progress but they have an unfriendly environment to study, in such cases, they do not have the option to choose a time frame but to adjust.

Alertness: Best time for study according to Vedas is from 4 am to 7 am. The study performed during these hours is fruitful and helpful for students who have problems concentrating or are not able to remember easily. Studying at this time helps you comprehend better in school or colleges.

But there is a diverse opinion. According to science, the most effective learning is acquired between 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 10 pm. During these hours the brain is at its acquisition mode meaning the brain stores new information by relating it to existing information. The information is stored in neural circuits of memory.

Types of students depending on study timings:

Early risers: These students are generally self-motivated or dedicated to studying. These students get up early in the morning at 4 or 5 and find the maximum level of concentration and peace. When you get up early in the morning starts the subjects which require memorizing are History, geography; for a college student, it could be biology, difficult concepts of language like English.

Divide your timing for each subject e.g., half an hour for each subject. The next subject could be a combination of theory as well as where some practice is required. Physics and chemistry consist of questions like problem solving, formulas, chemical reactions, practice them during the next hour.

At last, you can focus on subjects that need more practice such as mathematics. Dedicate this time to solving math problems, because you are studying for a long time, and you started getting bored. Morning risers can channelize their energy by studying in the following order of subjects:

·         Memorising

·         Mix of theory and practice

·         Practice

Students study in the evening: These students prefer studying during the evening, after finishing school or returning from the playground. These pupils are motivated and obedient, but they need some push by parents.

During the evening these students are slightly distracted in the beginning, they could not concentrate from the beginning. So, they should start the subjects with a combination of theory and practice like physics, chemistry, geography. Commerce students can start with accounts, economics.

The next hour, begin the subjects that require memorizing such as biology, history because this time is the peak of your concentration. At last, you can practice subjects like mathematics. It is always better when you are bored, try to write -that will bring back your focus towards studying automatically.

Students who study in the evening should follow the order of subjects:

·         Mix of theory and practice

·         Memorising

·         Practice

Students study in the night or night owls: Some students stay up late and that is a comfortable time for them to concentrate. We can say these are the brightest students, quick learners but they tend to procrastinate.

In the beginning, start with subjects that need more practice such as mathematics, accounts, geography until you gain your attention. Afterward, you can start which subjects required memorizing such as biology, history, languages, etc.

In the last session, you can learn the concepts from subjects with theory as well as requires practice. You can choose subjects like physics, chemistry, economics, etc. Students who are studying at night should follow the order of subject as:

·         Practice

·         Memorising

·         Mix of theory and practice

As per an adage, “Early to bed early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy, and wise”. It is considered that staying up late at night can disturb your sleep cycle and impact your health and wisdom. The student cannot focus properly during school hours. Brain efficiency decreases due to sleep deprivation.

But some recent studies show that a student who can study till 3:00 AM, has some advantages.

Benefits of studying during the night:

1.   Better retention of information: as per research conducted at the University of Notre Dame, students can remember the great amount of information they have studied before sleep.

2.   More ability to stay alert and focus: Night owls do not have sleep pressure; they can stay awake for a longer duration and perform the task with more concentration.

3.   Low-stress levels: Early risers have higher cortisol levels-stress hormones. Comparatively, students who study at night are calm and take less stress.

Assess your best time to study and succeed in your chosen career path. All the best!

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