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Should You Stay Up Late to Study?

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What is your best study time? The answer can be very controversial!

While some students like to get up early in the morning and study, most will say that late night studying is most productive. When it comes to brain power, students will say they perform better at night--and science seems to agree.

But that can be a problem! School starts early in the morning for most students, so the benefits of studying at night can be eliminated by the drowsiness of missing sleep! Science also shows that the amount of sleep you get will affect your academic performance.

Here are a few tips for maximizing study time.

  • Figure out if you are a morning person or a night person. You might surprise yourself. Try getting up early to study and see if it works out.
  • Have a talk with parents to tell them that teen brains do perform better at night, so you won’t have to deal with miscommunication. Show them the science.
  • Agree on an absolute “start time” for studying if you need to study late. Turn off the TV! Your brain should be just fine at six or seven o’clock. You don’t need to start after dark.
  • Agree on a solid deadline for closing books and getting to sleep.
  • Upon occasion, you may be able to go to school a little late if you have to study for an afternoon test. As long as you are communicating with your parents, you may be able to work this out.

Sources:

Improved Academic Success. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 7, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com¬ /releases/2009/06/090610091232.htm

Teens. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 7, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com¬ /releases/2007/05/070520130046.htm

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