Although most college-age students prefer to study later in the evening, I found morning study sessions preferable most of the time.
Here are some of the main benefits:
Benefits of Studying in the Morning
First of all, your mind is fresh when you first wake up from a good night's sleep, ready to absorb information.
If you're going to study in the morning, go to bed on time so you don't feel like a zombie in the morning.
Even drinking EarlyBird isn't a substitute for adequate sleep.
But assuming you got to bed early, many people claim early morning hours are their most productive.
In fact, Indian culture speaks of the Brahma muhurt, a period of the day roughly one and a half hours before sunrise in which the mind and body are the sharpest.
Other cultures have a similar belief, but it boils down to doing your most important tasks early in the morning like meditation, yoga, reading, studying, etc.
Additionally, if you can study after a morning run, studies have shown exercise improves associative memory and your brain's ability to retain information, both of which are important for productive studying.
Essentially, exercise is not only good for your body but for sharpening your mind as well.
Studying in the morning can also set you up for success, especially if you make your bed beforehand.
You're in control of your life, and controlling the little things is important if you want to do the big things right too.
Making your bed, exercising, and studying first thing in the morning are all great, productive things to do that you have complete control over.
Even if you can only do one of the three, you'll feel a sense of pride afterward which will carry over into other aspects of your day.
Do this every day, and you'll have some pretty darn good habits after a while.
Think about how you'll feel walking to class knowing you've already been productive - whether it was simply making your bed, going for a run, studying for an hour, or all of the above.
You'll have your head held high, ready to take on the day.
Lastly, I've found that studying in the morning - particularly the morning of a test - helps me retain the information I'd otherwise forget.
I'd typically wake up an hour earlier the day of a test to review the material, even reciting the information on the way to class so it'd be fresh in my brain.
Drawbacks of Studying in the Morning
Studying in the morning is great if you can wake up and get sh*t done, but for those who aren't morning people, studying in the morning sounds like a miserable way to start the day.
In fact, doing anything in the morning probably doesn't sound great.
Studying in the evening might be a better option for this type of person. But there's a third type that might resonate with you...
The kind of person who wants to get sh*t done and knows the importance of mastering their morning.
The person who's tried waking up early time and time again yet failed miserably and reverted to old habits.
If this pattern sounds like you - trying to get up early but being paralyzed by that groggy feeling you get in the morning - there's a solution.