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Is there a best time to study?

When is the "best" time to study? I have class, then lab right after. Should I take a mental break after lab, or should I study right then so it is "fresh" information? Is there a best time to study? #nursing #college #nursingschool #student-life #studying-tips #study-habits

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Austin’s Answer

Clarise, good question but a hard one. Study habits really vary from person to person and it is hard to say what is the best time to study. For me at least I always studied after my classes were over. My classes throughout college ended usually by 3:30 PM and I would begin studying around 5:30 PM daily. If I had an hour or more in between classes I would also study (but I did this mainly if I had a test or a quiz). College study habits are really personal in nature and I would advise you (and anyone else reading this) to develop your own study method that is most effective for you. Not everyone learns the same way and you need to figure out what works best for you.

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Julia’s Answer

Hi Clarissa! Austin has a great point, everyone has different study habits and practices that work for them!
I would suggest that the best way to find which study time works for you is to try different ones! If you know you’re a morning person, try waking up before class and studying for 30-45 minutes.
Also regarding your question on mental breaks, it’s always healthy to take a break if you feel the need! Quality studying time will be more valuable.
Best of luck in your endeavors!

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Sherry’s Answer

You should study when you have no distractions and are able to relax and are not stressed out. Cramming right before bed is not a good idea because you do not retain alot of knowledge long term when you try to do some much. Take your time and take plenty of breaks.

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Louisa’s Answer

As the others have said it is really what works for you. I was also working while in school and had a daughter. It was difficult at first but I had a great support system in and out of school. I made the decision that I would have my study time in the evenings after my daughter went to bed and that weekends were family time. Once I got a schedule done and into a routine it was great and made all the difference. Making study time a relaxed planned time make it better to retain what you study. Best of luck to you.