There are two factions in the world of studious college attendees: those who study in the morning, vs those who study at night.
I've tried both during my time in college, and if you want to know whether you should study in the morning or at night, here's the short answer:
Students who have more energy during the day will probably find they're better able to focus at night, while those who have more energy and focus in the morning would benefit from studying in the morning.
Find what works for you, and stick to it.
But if you want a more detailed answer, keep reading:
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Although most college-age students prefer to study later in the evening, I found morning study sessions preferable most of the time.
Here are some of the main benefits:
Benefits of Studying in the Morning
First of all, your mind is fresh when you first wake up from a good night's sleep, ready to absorb information.
If you're going to study in the morning, go to bed on time so you don't feel like a zombie in the morning.
Even drinking EarlyBird isn't a substitute for adequate sleep.
But assuming you got to bed early, many people claim early morning hours are their most productive.
In fact, Indian culture speaks of the Brahma muhurt, a period of the day roughly one and a half hours before sunrise in which the mind and body are the sharpest.
Other cultures have a similar belief, but it boils down to doing your most important tasks early in the morning like meditation, yoga, reading, studying, etc.
Additionally, if you can study after a morning run, studies have shown exercise improves associative memory and your brain's ability to retain information, both of which are important for productive studying.
Essentially, exercise is not only good for your body but for sharpening your mind as well.
Studying in the morning can also set you up for success, especially if you make your bed beforehand.
You're in control of your life, and controlling the little things is important if you want to do the big things right too.
Making your bed, exercising, and studying first thing in the morning are all great, productive things to do that you have complete control over.
Even if you can only do one of the three, you'll feel a sense of pride afterward which will carry over into other aspects of your day.
Do this every day, and you'll have some pretty darn good habits after a while.
Think about how you'll feel walking to class knowing you've already been productive - whether it was simply making your bed, going for a run, studying for an hour, or all of the above.
You'll have your head held high, ready to take on the day.
Lastly, I've found that studying in the morning - particularly the morning of a test - helps me retain the information I'd otherwise forget.
I'd typically wake up an hour earlier the day of a test to review the material, even reciting the information on the way to class so it'd be fresh in my brain.
Drawbacks of Studying in the Morning
Studying in the morning is great if you can wake up and get sh*t done, but for those who aren't morning people, studying in the morning sounds like a miserable way to start the day.
In fact, doing anything in the morning probably doesn't sound great.
Studying in the evening might be a better option for this type of person. But there's a third type that might resonate with you...
The kind of person who wants to get sh*t done and knows the importance of mastering their morning.
The person who's tried waking up early time and time again yet failed miserably and reverted to old habits.
If this pattern sounds like you - trying to get up early but being paralyzed by that groggy feeling you get in the morning - there's a solution.
We've got a whole post outlining 9 tips to study in the morning without feeling sleepy.
It's a value-oozing post written to help you finally master your morning, wake up early, and get sh*t done without hitting snooze or sleeping in. You can check it out by clicking here.
Here's the short version:
Even when you go to bed early, it's still hard to jump out of bed feeling awake and energized. You get that groggy, zombie-like feeling and want to hit snooze.
Here are a few ways to fix the problem:
1) Make sure you hydrate first thing in the morning. Trying to wake up without hydrating first is like trying to jump-start a car that's been sitting in the cold. Not a good idea.
2) Give your body a source of fast-acting, long-lasting energy. Your body and brain shut down overnight, which is why giving your body the energy it needs is crucial. But you can't use low-quality caffeine or energy drinks that'll give you a sudden spike in energy followed by a crash. Long-lasting energy is important!
3) Do something to enhance your mood like making your bed or taking a supplement. Your morning mood is proven to affect the rest of your day, which is why it's important to set yourself up for success.
A morning cocktail (usually water mixed with other ingredients like lemon juice) is a common way to make it easier to wake up early.
But most morning cocktails don't fix all three of the problems above at once. Rather, they only address one, which isn't the best way to have a great day.
After a ton of trial and error, I've made a breakthrough discovery that makes it EASY to Wake Up Early and Get Sh*t Done (which is now the EarlyBird mantra).
EarlyBird makes use of the perfect combo of 3 Nootropic Blends that gives your body energy, motivation, and everything else you need to have a kick-ass study session (and day).
The powerful blend of electrolytes hydrates you insanely fast - it's essentially supercharged water.
EarlyBird also has a ton of natural, clean energy ingredients from fruit and veggie extracts, which make the snooze button a thing of the past.
So yeah, you can spend many more months hating your mornings, or you can check out EarlyBird by clicking here, wake up early, and get sh*t done.
Still, like studying in the morning, there are drawbacks to studying at night.
The largest of which in my opinion is procrastination.
When you know you're going to study 'later tonight' you'll prioritize everything else before studying, which makes it all too easy to wait until it's 2 AM.
I often found myself pushing off my study sessions until it was far too late, getting little to no sleep, and hating my life the next day in class.
For example, I waited until midnight to write my final English paper freshman year of college, about a book I didn't read, due at 8 AM, after which I'd take the final exam. I got an A but that's beside the point...
The point is, you don't want to study so late that you end up studying at night and sleeping during the day, because it'll screw up your rhythm and sleep schedule.
Don't start so late that you'll be up all night, barely able to keep your eyes open.
There is an ideal time to study at night, and in the morning for that matter.
"Science has indicated that learning is most effective between 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 10 pm, when the brain is in an acquisition mode. On the other hand, the least effective learning time is between 4 am and 7 am."