No one really knows for sure when the best time of day is to study, some say the early bird gets the worm, while others say people are more creative at night. No person is the same, you need to find what and when works best for you so you can study. If you’re the type of student who can only study late at night, then be sure to follow along with these 12 tips.
Play The Right Music
It’s really not what you think. You should not play metal, rap, trance, pop-culture music. You might think that the loud noise will keep you pumped up and awake but it really won’t. It will only distract you. So when you’re listening to music when studying, stick to classical music. I know it sounds boring but classical music is your savoir. It isn’t boring, it’s not loud, and it won’t take away any attention from your studies. You’ll remain focused so really, just stick to classical music, Mozart is highly recommended.
This one’s super easy as studying late into the night is all about having the right productivity and focus. With that being said, if you’re kind of a messy person then you need to shape up. De-clutter your space of where you’re studying. Keep your desk and surrounding area clean! Why? Because having an organized area will reflect better on your mind which will only allow you to remain focused and organized in your thought process.
Take Healthy Breaks
Just because you’re studying well into the night does NOT mean you have to study continuously without stopping. If you just study, study, study not only will you burn through whatever energy you built up, you won’t retain much of what you’re actually studying and the crash that will happen only means you’ll wake up feeling groggy and unhappy. Take a short 10 minute break every hour. This will greatly help to reduce any fatigue you may be feeling, plus it will increase your durability to stay awake and retain information. Don’t think of it as a wasted 10 minutes because that’s not what it is, sacrificing 10 minutes in a 50 minute sesh is not a big deal.
There is absolutely no way you’ll survive your late night study sesh if you don’t give your body the fuel it needs. Sorry to say, eating snacks with lots of sugar might pull you through but your body will give out much quicker. The sugar rush will boost your energy and make you crash hard. That’s the opposite of what you want to happen. Choose snacks or foods that are super rich in protein and not glucose. Get some jerky, trail mix, protein bars, berries, Greek yogurt with granola, PB&J sandwich, or chocolate milk. All of these will really help keep your energy up. Plus, you CAN consume caffeine but in small and healthy doses, don’t just slam back coffee after coffee or consume loads of energy drinks. Pace yourself and you’ll do just fine.
Don’t Study Near Or On Your Bed
Come on people, your bed may seem like a good place to study because it’s comfy but it so isn’t. It will only feel good for about 10 minutes and then you’ll start to feel drowsy and sleepy. Which is the total opposite of what you want during your study session. You’re doing yourself a huge favor if you stay away from you bed at all costs, trust me.
Don’t Eat A Heavy Dinner
If you have a heavy dinner just before you go to study, you’ll feel all cozy and warm and full which only increases your chances of falling asleep. Get the picture? Have a light and healthy snack, don’t just pig out. And remember to snack during your 10 minute breaks to keep your body fueled and ready to go. Stay away from the chocolate gift baskets your family sent you over break.
Forget About Electronics
You know it’s for the best, whatever is trending on Facebook or Instagram can wait until after you ace the exam. If you really need the laptop then a great way to stick to the no electronics policy is to download all the material you need ahead of time and turn off the Wi-Fi on your laptop, PC, and phone. If you’re connected to the Wi-Fi then it’s easy to start scrolling through the gossip.
Set An Alarm
We don’t mean to set the alarm after you finish a six hour study session, we mean to set hourly alarms. One, it will keep you awake because of the loud, annoying sound. And two, you’ll have an exact measurement of how much time you’re actually studying. Plus as an added bonus, you’ll stick to the study for 50 minutes and take a 10 minute break.
Write As You Read
You probably already know that by taking notes, you’re engaging your brain a lot more then if you were just reading. While you’re studying, be sure to have a notebook and pen/pencil around so you make notes now and again, this way you’ll understand and remember the material better. Also, you can highlight key text, it will serve the same purpose as writing it down.
Power naps can often be your best friend when studying! However, a power nap is around 20-25 minutes long, do not “nap” any longer then that. If you nap longer, you’ll only wake up groggy, exhausted, and more tired OR you might turn that nap into full blown sleep. By napping for 20 to 25 minutes, you are switching off your brain and allowing it to really absorb the information. Be sure to set an alarm to wake you up though, the last thing you want is to develop a sleep problem.
If you stay in one place for so many hours, your mind will become stagnate and you may feel a bit tired. A cool tip is to change up your location after an hour or a few hours, whatever works best for you. This will keep your mind and body energized. If you can’t move to another place then either jog in place, do some jumping jacks or push-ups, just move.
No Study Groups
You will get absolutely nothing done if you have a late night study session, you’d be better off sleeping the whole night then you are by participating in a study group. With that being said, if you do want to join a study group, make sure it’s with the right people. There’s a time and place for jokes and fun but when you’re trying to study, stay away from jokers or your crush.