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How do you study during the day?

  1. Jun 13, 2007 #1
    Hi, I'm currently an engineering student (EE). I seem to have this problem: I only am able to study at night, or anytime after 5:30PM. After that time, I can focus more and get down to business. If I start at 4, I might be sluggish for a few hours, but eventually I can work it out. It's not that I'm not interested in the subject matter, most of the time I am... it's just the time of day.

    This is really a problem for me, I'd like to get working early in the morning/during the day, in addition to the nights, while school is in session and when I have the time. We all have different studying habits, I realize. How do you study when you don't want to?

    Sometimes, I feel like, during the day - not many people study... so, I think, why should I? Let me go enjoy myself. Then, at night, I study without any problems, only knowing others are studying, as well... (this is all relative during the academic school year).

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  3. Jun 13, 2007 #2

    JasonRox

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    People study all the time, so I have no idea what you're talking about.

    Maybe not Saturday afternoon, but people study Monday to Friday all around the clock. I can be studying at 4am and know someone else is too.
     
  4. Jun 13, 2007 #3

    chroot

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    Everyone has certain times of the day they're more or less mentally alert. I share your problem -- I'm usually sharpest after 10 pm, myself. You should just try to work around your own biologically-imposed schedule.

    - Warren
     
  5. Jun 13, 2007 #4

    symbolipoint

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    Hey, DefaultName,

    If you do not like to study then engineering coursework is not suited to you. Maybe pick a major field which you WANT to study.

    You probably do want to learn electrical (and other) engineering, so you should just pick a couple of times during the day which allow good lengths of time for study, and use those times for study. You should also seriously try studying early in the morning. You may be mentally fresh as soon as you wake up, and you may study very effectively for the first 40 minutes or so after first waking up.
     
  6. Jun 14, 2007 #5
    I tend to only study in the evening as well. Of course, I work on research stuff during the day, so I suppose I have an excuse. Anyway, it's the amount of time you put in that matters, not the times of day at which you work. Maybe you're just better suited to staying up late (and hopefully waking up late as well)?
     
  7. Jun 14, 2007 #6
    I dont really get any free time until 6 most of the time except for the weekends and mondays/wednesdays. that free time usually goes to physicsforums instead of school :rolleyes:
     
  8. Jun 14, 2007 #7
    Now see, I'm the exact opposite. Harsh experience has taught me that I need to put down whatever I am working on promptly at 11PM, because after that time, I do more damage than good...

    Afternoons are peak hours for me.
     
  9. Jun 14, 2007 #8

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    i am alate night guy, but if i need to concentrate in the daytime, going to the library helps. but after noons are just downtime for my system, roughly when some europeans would take lunch break, say 12-4.
     
  10. Jun 14, 2007 #9

    That is DEFINITELY not the case.
    I'm going into my third year, and I love it. In general, I can't study for ANYTHING (meaning, any subject). I can sit and pay attention in class, without a problem, it's just I feel more comfortable studying after a certain time towards the evening.
    I can start at 5:30PM and go as late as I want, but since I study consistently and everyday during school, I don't end up cramming. I can go from 5:30PM to 1AM or 2AM without any problems (obv with some breaks in between). At least for last semester, I woke up around 8AM. This next semester, I do have a few 8:30AM classes, so I would like to start my work earlier in the day and get some sleep.
     
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  11. Jun 14, 2007 #10
    Does anyone have a solution to this? I've tried the library part, even going to the most darkest area, still can't do it. :(
     
  12. Jun 14, 2007 #11


    how can one study for this long?:surprised:confused:
     
  13. Jun 14, 2007 #12
    I can do it, but I don't have to do it everyday. Usually I end at 10-11PM.
     
  14. Jun 14, 2007 #13

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    You'd be surprised how much time it takes to fully understand a few pages of text. Problems sets also take a huge chunk of time.
     
  15. Jun 14, 2007 #14

    JasonRox

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    This makes no sense at all. It has nothing to do with the subject he's studying.

    I know exactly the feeling he's talking about and sure everyone else does too.
     
  16. Jun 14, 2007 #15
    you would be surprised to know that i dont mean what you are thinking that i mean. what i mean is only that i dont study like that
     
  17. Jun 14, 2007 #16

    symbolipoint

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    That is just not fully sensible. Studying is a chore, but one must at least want to learn and therefore endure the effort to study or make no progress. Maybe my wording was not clear enough. Can you characterise or state the "feeling he's talking about" which everyone else knows, just so that we know which feeling this is?
     
  18. Jun 14, 2007 #17

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    DefaultName,

    I had to reread your original description. Studying takes effort; if you are more comfortable studyng for several hours in the evening, then that is when you should study. You could also learn to study immediately upon waking up in the morning; maybe set an alarm to wake yourself early, and force yourself to study right then at that time - it might work well for you.

    Another thing to do is get into the habit (if scheduling allows) of studying immediately after a class - don't just rest after the class - study what was presented. This way, you have the chance to think carefully about presented concepts & skills at your pace while some of what was presented may still be fresh in your mind. You could still study that again later.
     
  19. Jun 14, 2007 #18
    yes thats what i mean. symbol is right. its my time to study whenever there is something to study. it doesn't have to wait for the night time slab.
    but yes it is true that the brain is much more active at some time slab of the day. and it can be the night time for some people also!
     
  20. Jun 14, 2007 #19
    I just feel more alert at night, as chroot feels. I wish I could change it though. I'll see what I can do, might even start to study after this cup of coffee (1:36PM!!)
     
  21. Jun 14, 2007 #20
    I know how you feel. I like to study at nite, for some strange reason. But most of my free time is during the day (in the regular school year). In our old library that going to a dark corner worked. but it's been remodeled and there are windows everywhere. I hope those jokes are tornado proof or we're going to be in some trouble come this fall. Anyway I just know what works for me is studying with my iPod on some non-Pop or Rap music will help me focus. Pop and stuff makes me focus more on the music than the matter at hand. I also agree with symbol a lot of times i snag in a hour or so by just studying in between classes instead going to go off somewhere.
     
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