The Best Time of Day to Study Mathematics

Many people consider themselves as either a night person or a morning person because they are aware through experience that they carry out certain jobs better at certain times of the day.

The human brain, however, has certain diurnal patterns of which people are unaware of and which still call for research. Researchers are still learning how best to optimize human efforts and time and it seems the time of day a person carries out certain types of tasks can affect performance.

According to a research carried out in 2016, students perform better in mathematics classes held in the morning than those held in the afternoon.  Published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Nolan Pope’s paper found a notable difference in math marks for students who took the subject in the morning as compared to students who studied it toward the end of the day.

The study involved about 2 million students in the Los Angeles Unified School District who went to schools with 6 class periods. Pope studied the students’ grades, class schedules, and exam scores from 2003 to 2009.

Another study by Ms. Velichka Dimitrova,   a research student from the Royal Holloway University of London, examined academic achievement, absence rates, and class schedules at a Bulgarian high school for more than nine years. The study found that students who took mathematics s classes in the morning scored on average 7 percent more compared to students who attended mathematics classes in the afternoon.



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