University of Nevada-Reno Study: Studying at Night Is More Effective for Students [Video]


Almost all students, at some point, have known how it feels to be facing a long pile of homework that needs to be finished and notes that need to be reviewed, especially when the exams week is getting closer. So the debate falls on when really is the best time to study. A new research just revealed that studying during the later hours may actually lead to a more successful and effective learning for students.

A study conducted by the University of Nevada-Reno shows that students can retain better information if they study between 11 in the morning and 9:30 at night, USA Today College reported. The study involved first and second year college students who were asked to rate their readiness for cognitive activities, as well as the number of hours they spend sleeping in a day.

Mariah Evans, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Nevada and joint author of the study explained that the best times or hours of the day when college age students learn better are during the hours later than standard class hours start. This means that students who take afternoon class will learn better when they study in the evening.

So why does the time of the day affect a student's ability to learn? In a study by Dunn and Dunn, it was explained that there really are different types of learners : the morning people, afternoon people and the night owls. Their study also reveals that students tend to be more awake after lunch, Brainscape reported. And during this wakefulness, a student can optimize learning.

While this may not really apply to everyone because each one can be a different type of learner, this can be helpful to those who find that they are more receptive to new information during the latter part of the day.

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