When is the best time to study?

United States
March 1, 2010 3:05pm CST
My professor said that if you study at 3am to 6am, your brain can absorb everything so fast that you can finish a whole book. For you, when is the best time to study? And any tips on how to study effectively? Like using a highlighter, or making acronyms, etc.
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@Valenas (1510)
• United States
1 Mar 10
I heard that if you study in a similar environment to where you take your test, you will benefit. When I was in school and I knew I had a test coming up later in a week, I would look over the notes in my spare time before class started, or when I was through with assignments. That way I could be in the room where I was taking the test, and preparing myself for it. My teacher said that it has something to do with clues in the environment, although it is hard for me to explain exactly what that means and why it helps.
@srjac0902 (1170)
• Italy
1 Mar 10
Yes if we are exposed to the pleasant nature, sitting every day at the same spot, studying at the same time, associating with the same friends, taking test mutually, reciting loudly if that is your inner style, then the study becomes very effective.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
2 Mar 10
The best time to study is as the class is going on. Here's what I mean by that. Listen intently to the teacher as they lecture. Take notes on everything that you hear. Believe it or not, you are studying as you go. Absorbing the material there and read the assigned material later and take notes on that right now. That is a method that I have used since High School and that has lead to great results. I have never really done formal studying for anything, as just trying to memorize everything in one night. It cuts down on my time and I find that I get better grades that day, as opposed to the traditional methods of studying. Cramming everything into my brain at once causes to me to forget things that I have remembered before.
• United States
2 Mar 10
very true. thanks so much! :D
• Saudi Arabia
2 Mar 10
hi...megamatt i totally to support your idea and i think our study methods very like .from high shool i had been at the classroom that i often more attention to the teacher lecturs .also i did'nt like to write assigenments it was for me felt very nonsense.whether i did't write homework that my grade was really good so my teacher never blame to me....haha ...my brain not as like the trash can to cram every think that i noticed...so i have no fixation study time....good luck...
• Philippines
2 Mar 10
i suggest you read books or do your homeworks right after you wake up. at that state, our mind is empty so our brain tends to absorb everything. and a good way to study effectively is take note of whatever you are reading. that way, we can easily remember the contents of what we read. i do this a lot when i have exams and ill sure you its an effective way of studying :)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Thanks. You explained it very well.
• India
2 Mar 10
according to me whole night because on night there is silence in every where even no person disturb on that time every enjoy their sleep and we have fully concentration on our study
• China
2 Mar 10
Yeah,some people said that it's good to study in the morning but it's not for me. I used to get up late and when I wake up early in the morning and try to study,I found it's hard for me to keep awake.So I think the best time for me to study is the evening even at night.I sleep late sometimes and I am efficient in studying at that time.Lol~~~
@trebliw0 (148)
• Philippines
2 Mar 10
he might be right about that one, but I think that doesn't work on me because I normally get sleepy during that time. I usually start studying when I'm in the mood or if someone would offer me a reward for it..;-p
1 Mar 10
I don't think my brain would be absorbing anything at 3am - that's much too early for me! If you have to learn a list, I've found making an acronym/mnemonic for the main points is helpful. For example, to learn the classification system, remember King Philip Can Only Find Green Slippers (Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus Species). Or All Boys Should Come Home Please for the wives of Henry VIII (Aragon, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleves, Howard, Parr). Make up your own for the main points of a topic. For example, list the main reasons for the start of the First World War. Then make up your own sentence. All Imps (are) Mischievous Naughty (and) Annoying. (Alliances Imperialism Militarism Nationalism Crises Assassination). Good luck to everyone who has exams looming.
• Indonesia
1 Mar 10
Dear CrimsonRain, Yeah, I usually studying at 3 a.m or 4 a.m. I can remember what I studied, too fast.
• Estonia
1 Mar 10
I think I couldn't study in the early morning. I usually do my homework shortly after school, that's 4pm-5pm. Sometimes studying may take up the whole evening, so I end at like 7pm-8pm. I can't suggest any other means for boosting your studying efficiency than using a highlighter and organizing the content that you use in a logical order.
@srjac0902 (1170)
• Italy
1 Mar 10
A proper answer, you should find by yourself. We need a strong motivation. Why do I want to study? You must set up a blue print how many marks you want to achieve. Look at the exam program, the portion and calculate the hours of study It is not a question when exactly you have to study. Yes early dawn is very ideal but it depends on your body needs. For example if you cannot get up early morning, it is useless that you strain yourself at the last days of the exam sacrificing your sleep. Neither you will grasp nor you will fully sleep , you will be drowsy and head ache is the output. If you can remain late hours then study till late hours then get a good sleep. Certain practices are very healthy but nothing is absolute. All depends on your inner readiness, Morning or evening, it better to take bath, do some lengthy breathing exercises close your eyes and see the light is dawning upon you then begin to study in silence. It should be a long hours study to get into the heart of the study. You must be comfortable. You must have a break and wash your face gently with cool water and just ponder over again what you have read and write down the points, make the short formulas, associate certain formulas to something dear to you, remember the definitions etc. You have to collect the old question papers and tally with odd years and leap years and make a sketch of the answer with points.