Every student (and parent) knows it can sometimes be hard to sit down to tackle schoolwork, whether it’s completing a homework assignment or studying for the next big test—especially when the weekend rolls around.
Completing homework and staying on top of upcoming assignments is just as important on the weekend as it is during the week. It’s never a fun experience for anyone when it’s Sunday night and school assignments still haven’t been completed!
Sticking to a study schedule can keep your child on track and avoid homework meltdowns. But when planning this schedule, many parents wonder “when is the best time to study for my child?”
How Time Of Day Affects Students’ Brains
Students’ brains tend to be sharpest in the morning, after a refreshing night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast. This makes it a good time to open a textbook to learn something new, or review notes from the previous day. With a more alert brain, students have a better ability to recall details like names, places, dates and facts.
In the afternoon, students’ brains are good at integrating new information with what they already know. During this time of day, students are able to create connections and make the information they have learned more meaningful.
When Is The Best Time Of Day To Study?
There is no one “best” time of day to study. We each have our most productive time of the day, when we have the most energy. Some people are morning people, who wake up with lots of energy. Others are night owls, and have more energy in the evening hours.
Just like each student has a unique learning style, different students may learn better at different times of the day. For some students, focusing on schoolwork is easier during the morning hours of the day, while others may find that studying at night works better for them.
The Day Studier Vs The Night Studier
The Day Studier
For students who have more energy earlier in the day, studying in the morning may work best, when the brain is better able to focus.
Students who study during the day benefit from a refreshed and energized mind after a good night’s sleep. This energy makes it easier to focus on what is being learned, and absorb the information more effectively.
Benefits of studying during the day:
- The brain is refreshed from a good sleep and can absorb more information
- Natural light good for your eyes and keeps you alert
- Doesn’t disrupt sleep schedule
- Easier to create a study group with classmates
The Night Studier
For students who have more energy later in the day, evening or nighttime can be a more effective time to study. With fewer distractions and peace and quiet, studying at night can help improve a student’s concentration and focus.
If your student is an evening or night studier, it’s important to make sure he or she is still getting enough sleep each night. Kids need an average of 8-9 hours of sleep each night—if homework or studying is delaying bedtime, get into the habit of starting a bit earlier and sticking to a nightly schedule.
Benefits of studying during the evening/night:
- More peace and quiet
- Fewer distractions
- A clearer mind for creative thinking
- Sleeping after studying can consolidate information and improve recall
Find The Time Of Day That Works Best For Your Child
Remember, your child can use a combination of study techniques, including what time of day he or she schedules study sessions! Once you know what works best, your child can start studying more effectively.
For more study tips, check out these resources:
10 Tips To Reduce Homework Stress
How To Study Effectively: 12 Secrets To Success
11 Ways To Improve Your Child’s Memory Power
Day Or Night: When Is The Best Time To Study?
Nov 30, 2017•Homework, Studying
WASHINGTON — Kids in Maryland and D.C. are back in school this week; many students in Northern Virginia return next week. So it’s a good time to get the homework habit right.
“There are really five times kids can do homework: right after school; after about a 30-minute break; before dinner; after dinner; or right before bed,” says Ann Dolin, a former Fairfax County teacher and founder of Educational Connections Tutoring.
Some teachers pile on homework these days, especially for kids in 6th grade and higher. To get it all done, a little planning may be in order. Dolin says she believes the best homework time for elementary school students is a bit after school.
“Elementary students usually need some downtime after they return home from school or an extra-curricular activity,” Dolin says. She recommends a homework start time for elementary students about 30 minutes after getting home.
It may be harder to set an exact homework start time for adolescents.
“For older students, consider having the family policy that homework starts before dinner. This step, in itself, will greatly reduce late-night stress,” Dolin says.
Parents should help students with school projects. Dolin says the younger the child, the more involved the parents have to be. But, she says, it should be the student’s project — not the parents’.
“In general, a parent’s pencil should never touch the paper,” Dolin says.
Parents can lay the groundwork — perhaps have the child write out the steps that the project requires — and parents can prod the child to get the project done.
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