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When to Study

As you experiment with your new study schedule you may find that some study times seem to work better for you than others. Some students discover that they concentrate and study best in the mornings. For these students, it may work out well for them to schedule study periods in the morning hours and try to arrange their class schedule where they have primarily afternoon classes. This allows them to do their serious study when they do it best and to use the afternoons where class times force them to pay attention and take notes. Other students find they study better in the afternoon and evening and therefore, reverse the process. Still others find little difference between the two other than simply preference. Whatever you find works for you, do it.

The main thing to remember is to keep your priorities and your goals in mind. Adjusting schedules is fine until you find the kind that works best for you. Just remember to keep the required type of balance between classroom and study hours. This could mean that you cut back on extra-curricular activities or hours that you spend on the job each week.

If you are a working student and have a job to report to several times per week, keep in mind that it is often difficult to study after you get off work. If you have just put in a four hour shift at work and have a study period planned next on your schedule, you may want to adjust your schedule. Trying to study when you are tired is not a good plan. Maybe it would be better to have a bite to eat and catch a twenty minute cat-nap before washing your face and hands and hitting the books.

Above all, remember that the time to study is as you go. You do not want to fall behind and have to play catch up. Study every day that you have it planned and for the time you have planned. Plan your work. Work your plan. Remember? There is a reason for it. Planning your work and then not working your plan means that you are going to fall behind. It also means that you are not committed to your goals. Be committed. Be a better student.

Last Updated: 08/20/2013


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