Finding Your Ideal Study Time
Finding Your Ideal Study Time
When do you find it best to sit down and study? Are you more of a night owl, or a get-up-and-go in the morning sort of person? Chances are you have a personal preference as to when you like to hit the books, but maybe you just try and fit studying in whenever you have the time.
There are actually a lot of pros and cons to studying during the day, or later in the evening, and depending on your learning style, you could find that you haven’t been giving yourself the chance to be as productive as possible.
We take a look at some of the benefits and some of the more negative aspects of studying during the day or at night so you can see which one actually suits you the best!
Daytime Study Sessions
If you have classes during the day, spending the time around those classes may seem like the perfect chance to get some extra studying done. If you’re already somewhere like college or university, you’ll be able to pop off to the library or a computer room and get some additional work done before your next class. Additionally, if you have a job which requires you to work nights, or just want to spend your nights out socialising, getting your studying done during the day may seem like the best option.
However, you may want to really think about when is the best time for you to study, rather than just trying to squeeze it in whenever you have the time.
Here are some of the pros and cons for studying during the day.
Pro – More energy.
Chances are you’re going to be more alert during the daytime than you would be at nighttime, though perhaps not first thing in the morning! If you make sure you get a good night’s rest, you may be raring to get at those books and get some studying done.
If your settling down for a hardcore study session, you’re going to want to make sure you have as much energy as possible, as not only will it mean you can keep focussed for longer, but it should help make sure the quality of the work you’re producing stays high.
Pro – Study with Friends.
If you work best with a group of other people, you’ll probably want to schedule your studying for during the day. As we mentioned above, it might be easier to organise a study group between classes at university when everyone is there already, and also in the studying frame of mind. It may also be easier to arrange a chat with your teacher or trainer if you study during the day, as this will be the times when they are at work and available to help you.
Con – Distractions
If you’re trying to study during the day, especially if you live with people who aren’t currently studying, or even if you have a lot of friends who aren’t studying, chances are they can be quite distracting. From wanting to spend time with family when they have free time, to getting distracted by small children, trying to set aside some uninterrupted time during the day could be quite challenging for you.
Even if you have to do this like run errands which can probably only be done during the day, this could end up taking up a lot of the time you thought you were going to be able to spend studying.
Nighttime Study Sessions
If you work during the day, or don’t want to do any additional studying during the day when you’re already attending classes, then you could be more of a night person.
Studying at night may not seem like the best idea, but for some of us it’s the time when we become most productive. Chances are if you’ve been preparing for an exam the next day, you’ve attempted some sort of late-night study session in a bid to get as much done as possible. Though you may be put off right away with the thought of studying late in the night, perhaps when you see the benefits of it, you might change your mind.
Pro – Less Distractions.
If you’ve got yourself settled in for a night of studying it can be a great time to get loads of work done as there will be less distractions. If you like working really late chances are all your friends will be asleep, so you won’t have to worry about them trying to convince you to ditch the studying for the night!
Also if you live with other people, whether it’s your family or flatmates, it should be easier to lock yourself away for a quiet study session at night than it would be during the day when people are more likely to be active, and may be distracting you without even realising it!
It’s also easier to turn off your phone and put Facebook aside for the night, as you won’t feel like you’re missing out on as much as you would if you had to give yourself a social media ban for the whole day.
Pro – Quieter.
Aside from the fact that there’s probably less people in your house making noise, everything is just a lot quieter at night. Not only should it be easier for you to find a quiet room to focus in, just the elimination of things like children playing loudly outside, or the absence of as much traffic noise could make night time study more appealing.
Con – Tiredness
Despite your best intentions, tiredness could creep in a lot easier at night, even if you really prefer sitting down to study then. Depending on what sort of day you’ve had, you may find yourself drained from work before you even get a chance to sit down and study. This means you could potentially waste a whole planned study session if you’ve left it till last thing at night and then don’t feel up to actually doing it.
This can leave you feeling quite down if you don’t get as much work done as you planned to do, so you may want to swap to a daytime study session, when you have a bit more leeway in terms of rearranging things.
Overall, what time of the day you study is always going to come down to personal preference, but perhaps our lists have helped you see points that you didn’t consider before.
Why not try both methods of study and see which one you actually prefer? It’s important to study at the optimum time for you personally, and not just the times when you feel you can fit it in. You want to make sure you are getting the best from yourself, and picking the best study time can really help your produce the best work possible.