Study Skills

When to study – Optimal Study Time for a Student

The time to study is sufficient to have a profound effect on study results. A student would consider the time for his study (part of the day, e.g. morning, afternoon, evening, or night). Time suitability varies according to the normal activities of each pupil. Picked periods as necessary for your study are some considerations to be weighed. Learning hours paid work schedules, sleeping habits, refreshments, and other such considerations decide the time to study.

Some students choose to study in the morning or in the evening because they perceive the time to study more efficiently. Other students would like to study at night since they think night is quiet and study-friendly.

Ideally, at any time of day, you should be able to study. However, a student might need to designate a period for his studies due to such factors. Regardless of the time you consider your study is ideal, you should be able to use the time. By learning more in less time, you can know how to optimize your time available. In other words, to stop wasting time, you should have the habit of quick study.

We can now discuss briefly the time selection criteria by taking into consideration certain general features of different periods. Morning time is seen by most students as an ideal time to study, as they believe that they are relaxing after getting a long night’s rest. True, you can understand and learn more quickly with a calm mind. In the afternoon, though, students who are training or are paying for jobs in the morning may not have the right time. Noon lessons can’t be used as the best time for self-study in the morning.

Most students want the night to be the best time to study. Such students claim the night (late night) gives them a peaceful feeling as all people sleep. They think the night is better to remember. They have relatively less distractions in the night and can focus properly on their study. In the other hand, you feel too sleepy to study throughout the night. Owing to everyday activities, the brain is exhausted throughout the night. You feel pretty tired in the night when it is a time to sleep normally. And if you study overnight, because of sleeplessness, you would sound asleep in the morning classes.
The debate above never implies that no time for study is appropriate. The purpose of this topic is to introduce you to the advantages and drawbacks of different times, and to help you pick a time by reflecting about it. The same will motivate you to change your normal study tasks.

Some key tips for optimal study time allocation are as follows:

  • Choose the best time to study for your regular tasks
  • Any issues take more effort and consideration than others. Study the part of the day when you are most comfortable, that is to say in the morning
  • Aim to reduce needless tasks to the study time.
  • Manage your time use a time table to better use your time
  • Even if you intend to study at night and midnight, try to sleep well, or elsewhere.

Naeem Ur Rehman

Pakistan's youngest blogger and the CEO of He is currently the student of BS Environmental Sciences at University of the Punjab, Lahore. He is also working as a senior advisor to, Mukaalma, and Pylon TV.

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