When Is the Best Time to Study?

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Based on their studying habits, students can fall into one of two groups: those who prefer to study during the day or during the night.Of course, students belonging to either group will list you a number of reasons as to why their approach is superior to that of the others.

Despite everyone claiming that their way of studying is the best, there are no solid scientific evidence to suggest that studying during daytime is better than studying at night, and vice versa. Each person is different, and what might do wonders for one person, might not work for another at all. However, objectively speaking, both approaches have their advantages. Let’s see what they are.

4 Advantages of Studying during the Day:

  1. It is very likely that after getting enough sleep during the night you will be more efficient in completing your tasks because you will be able to concentrate better, but also because you will wake up energized.
  2. Society is built to function during the day, which means better access to places like libraries, or book shops, which you will need at some point.
  3. Better social interaction, because most of your teachers, colleagues and friends will be awake during the day.
  4. Natural light. It has been proven that artificial light can harm your eyes and disrupt your sleep cycle.

4 Advantages of Studying during the Night:

  1. Everything is much quieter during the night, and you might find it easier to concentrate in this setting.
  2. If you can manage to find a library that works into the wee hours of the night, you might find it completely empty. Talk about peace.
  3. There is nothing to distract you during the night. No phone calls, no visits. There’s even less activity on the internet.
  4. Studying at night will make you see your environment in a different light, which might spark your creativity and the ability to think differently.

These are just some of the benefits of studying during the day/night. But, be aware that some of these might not work for you. Like we’ve pointed out, each individual is different, so it’s hard to come up with something that will work for anybody.

If you find it’s easier to study at night, we have some tips which will help you make the most of your time.

6 Ways to Improve Night Time Studying:

  1. Make It a Regular Thing. If you decide to study at night, stick with it, just as you would when you studying during the day. Our bodies love routines, which means your performance will improve, too. If you don’t, you will mess up your sleep cycle.
  2. Get Plenty of Sleep. Since you’re studying at the time you should be sleeping, make sure you get enough sleep during the day. It might seem like you have a whole day ahead of you after you’re done studying, but that’s the time you should use to get some rest.
  3. Don’t Study in the Dark. Just because you study at night, doesn’t mean you need to do it in the dark. Not only is it bad for your eyes, but it will affect the quality of your studying.
  4. Make a Timetable. Most people lose track of time during the night, especially if they are concentrated on their studies, which is why you should break yours into segments. We suggest you take short breaks after every 45 minutes or so, just so you can keep up your concentration. Drink plenty of fluids, too!
  5. Choose a Soundtrack. Since studying at night will spark your creativity, you can help that process along by introducing some music that get your creative juices flowing.
  6. Start a Study Group. Two heads are better than one, so it might not hurt to study with a group of people, plus, you will not miss out on a social aspect of your life completely.

In the end, the only thing that matters is how much you’ll learn. But, whether you choose to study during the day or at night, we advise you to develop a good routine, and stick with it, and get plenty of sleep. Your body and your mind will thank you for it.

2 thoughts on “When Is the Best Time to Study?

  1. Thanks for the tips! Seeing as I am more of a ‘night owl’, this was quite helpful.

    How many hours of sleep is ‘enough’ though?

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