Students all over the world, from the tech, from the first-world urban center's to the slums of the so-called third world countries, where ever teaching and learning happens, all face the same challenge. As learning spreads to every corner of the world, picking the best time to study both school work, literature, notes and assignments is important.
The best time being the time when everything you need to learn, read or memorize will stick permanently for future use. It's a time when you're full of energy and your brain is 'open' so to speak.
The body as a whole is hard-wired with genetic codes, instructions and blueprints in the DNA, with controls for activities, processes and more that the body goes through. This includes the time for peak performance for everybody organ including the brain.
Each student is a different peak time for their brain. This means any time of the day can be the perfect time to study, depending on what your brain wants or needs. Parents and teachers all concerned with the progress of individual students need to pay attention to their children to help them pick the best time to study.
While there's no best time in a day to study, the morning, afternoon and evening periods of the day all affect the brain differently while studying.
After a full nights rest, some people wake up with more energy and their mind is alert and ready to assimilate. The natural light keeps you focused and reading is easier. It's also easier to reach out and study with peers, ask for help or even use study materials like library books that are unavailable at night.
According to research, the afternoon brain is more technical. It makes connections, assimilates and creates connections easily. School periods often reach their peak at this time for the same reason. The natural light and access to assistance is an added advantage.
"Burning the Midnight Oil" means putting in extra hours or effort to an endeavour to ensure success. A saying that has been used to encourage students to study hard and more effectively to excel. It also, however, is an indication of the effective nature of the nighttime study. The night is quiet and serene as people have gone to bed and there's little or no noise and distraction. Students who study at night confess an easier way with analytic and creative thinking.
Studies show that sleeping after reading increases recall and consolidate information, some people even solve difficult equations in their sleep. This is because while the body is asleep the brain still works nonstop.
To choose a time.
Understanding your body is the first step to picking the right time. Only you can tell the times when you're bursting with energy and when you're not. It's best to pick a reading time then. This is when you're less prone to fall asleep and your brain is at maximum alertness.
Feel free to experiment.
If you're not sure when your peak period in a day is, experiment with different times and pay attention to whichever works for you. This system of trial and error might not be fast and efficient but it is effective. Study at different times over days to be sure you choose right.
What makes an effective study time is consistency. Sticking to the select time, effectively programming your body and brain for maximum assimilation. This means you can plan for every study session to maximize the use of study time.
Finally, be yourself.
because a particular time works for a fellow student does not necessarily mean that it would work for you. Study time is as personal as it gets and private so do what works for you, just you and only you.
Studying as a student is a way to make sure information learnt isn't fleeting. Choosing the right time is a stressful process but this article should point you in the right direction and make sure aren't floundering in the water.