Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I’m more of a chirpy early bird myself. As a student, I would set the alarm for 5 or 6 am and gladly get up without snoozing, to read a chapter or draft a paragraph. I could focus easily in the early hours, and while everyone else was sleeping, I’d feel ahead of the game - winning at life, you might say.
On the other hand, with the best intentions, I could seldom study into the night and I’d envy those who could, because at times dusk to dawn would have come in handy, just to ‘get that thing done’.
So, while working with students, I used to encourage them to try the early routine - but most often, I’d hear that they find this very difficult. It seems more common for students to be able to study at night, many saying it brings out the creativity. Moonlight motivation?
Now, I simply ask students what works best for them. If they haven’t tried it before, then I suggest they give the early rise a try, but if it’s not for them, then it’s all good.
Here, one student shares her experience:
“Right, so a couple of months ago, when writing my dissertation, my dad told me getting up at 5am in the morning was best to get coursework done and your brain is more productive between certain times. So this blog post is about being a night owl: the people who study in the evenings because everytime I go on pinterest it's all about getting up early!
Go with the night owl
For the past couple of years I have been told numerous tips on how, when to study and when is the best time to study. Here are some examples: