What is the best time to study?


One moment you have to read something three times before you understand what is on a page of your book and the next it seems like you're flying through the material. This is because your brain is most active at certain times of the day. When you study at these times of the day, your brain stores most of the information. Research has shown that the best times to study are in the morning when you first wake up and the evening before you go to sleep.

In the morning

When you wake up, your body is still in relax mode. Try to get up as soon as your alarm goes off and don't let it snooze. Snoozing the alarm may put you back to sleep. As a result, your body is less fit for the rest of the day than when you get out of bed right away. Let your body wake up by taking a shower and have a good breakfast. When you wake up you're more focused than in the middle of the day because your brain has had a lot of rest.

In the evening

If you study for a while before you go to sleep, your brain will process the information that you have learned or gone through while sleeping. It's best to remember the subject matter by repeating it over and over, because your memory is then used the most. Because you study before going to sleep, your brain repeats this during your sleep because it's the last thing you do in a day. Do you normally go to sleep at 11am? Then try to sit down at 9 o'clock to go through it. If you've been studying all day and you're very tired, there's little point. Your concentration is then too low and a good concentration is necessary to store information.

Note: if you have an exam the next day and don't start studying until 9 o'clock in the evening, this often has no effect, even though your brain stores the information better than when you study during the day.

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